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Support for Youth

If you’re looking for meaningful programs or resources that support LGBTQ youth like you, we’re here to help.

Ways to Give

Our services and programs are made possible through the generous contributions of our donors. Help us continue to support LGBTQ youth as they advocate for a brighter, safer, and healthier future.

Individual Donations

Every donation makes a difference. Individual contributions fund our current initiatives and expand our reach as we continue working towards a brighter future for LGBTQ youth.

Workplace Giving

Make streamlined donations through payroll deductions or by donating through United Way, CFC, or the DC One Fund.


Donating stock, bonds, mutual funds, and other financial securities will help ensure SMYAL’s doors remain open for LGBTQ youth in need of support.

Estate Planning

Support SMYAL for years to come through estate planning. Donations in the form of bequests or appreciated assets will help ensure LGBTQ youth always have access to resources they need.

Fundraising Events

During a number of signature events that benefit SMYAL, you can network with the local LGBTQ community while raising funds to support our programs.

Major Donor Club

The SMYAL Major Donor Club launched in the spring of 2018 as recognition for leadership donors giving $1,000 or more each year to directly fund and impact SMYAL’s expanding programs. Members can access Club benefits, such as SMYAL Club Events and special recognition opportunities.

Corporate Support

From national companies to local companies, SMYAL is grateful for corporate support. These organizations provide vital funding for SMYAL to expand youth programming and provides opportunities to engage with our organization. Our corporate partnerships and sponsorships also allow corporations to showcase their support of LGBTQ youth.

Donor Bill of Rights

To ensure that philanthropy merits the respect and trust of the general public, AFP and other fundraising organizations declare that all donors have the following rights.

Please click here to view the most recent Donor Bill of Rights, adopted by AFP MA from AFP International

SMYAL Alumni

Our alumni are trailblazers of the LGBTQ community. Shaped by their experience with SMYAL, they have advocated for inclusive environments on campus and throughout the local community. Learn about their involvement and how they continue to conquer the challenges that face the LGBTQ community.

Are you a SMYAL alum? We want to share your story! Email to get in touch.

  • Remembering Tony

    Smyal Youth Class of 1992

    "I remember my cousin Tony and I being surrounded by loving people that were in the same situation as he and I. It was a place we looked forward to going to ea…

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  • Michael Todd

    Smyal Youth Class of 1991

    I grew up in the suburbs of Washington, DC and was very insulated and removed from the gay community. My high school was filled with wealthy, entitled, good-ol…

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  • Steven Gellman

    Smyal Youth Class of 1989

    Around 25 years ago I saw an ad in the Washington Post Weekend section for SMYAL. Having just come out to my good friend Laurie, and in return her coming out t…

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Volunteer With SMYAL

The passionate dedication of our volunteers breathes life into SMYAL’s mission. From community outreach to event planning to program assistance, each volunteer opportunity will enhance our services and, ultimately, help LGBTQ youth reach their potential. If you’re ready to make an impact, send us an email at and learn how you can get involved.

Supporting LGBTQ Youth

Youth spend time with a variety of people, including parents, teachers, and Youth-Serving Professionals. We support them all!