SMYAL (Supporting and Mentoring Youth Advocates and Leaders) supports and empowers lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and questioning (LGBTQ) youth in the Washington, DC metropolitan region. Through youth leadership, SMYAL creates opportunities for LGBTQ youth to build self-confidence, develop critical life skills, and engage their peers and community through service and advocacy. Committed to social change, SMYAL builds, sustains and advocates for programs, policies and services that LGBTQ youth need as they grow into adulthood.
SMYAL is an equal opportunity employer and does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, religion, national origin, gender, age, marital status, personal appearance, sexual orientation, family responsibility, physical or mental handicap, or political affiliation.
The Peer Health Fellowship is a 3-month paid part-time program from October to December 2022 for up to 10-15 hours a week. The Peer Health Fellowship helps to reduce the barriers that LGBTQ+ youth face when accessing services. Through the fellowship youth will be able to connect youth to services by having peer conversations, referrals to services, safer sex kit distribution, and facilitating workshops with youth. The fellowship will also give youth the opportunity to speak with service providers in order to make services more inclusive and comprehensive for LGBTQ+ youth.
The goal of the program is to engage networks that make up a young person’s life, identify and reduce barriers to care, reduce stigma and increase cultural competence about LGBTQ+ youth of color. All Youth Fellows must be between 16 and 24 years old. Fellows must have an interest in supporting and empowering the LGBTQ community and communities of color.
Applicants may send resume and cover letter to YouthDevelopment@smyal.org with the subject line Peer Health Youth Fellow. Resumes will be reviewed as they are received. No phone calls, please. Pay is $500 per month. This position works both virtually and in person at our main offices, located in Washington, DC