Little SMYALs

What is Little SMYALs?

Little SMYALs is a group designed for LGBTQ youth ages 6-12 to find a safe(r) space to hang out and meet new people, access resources, and gain support.

We welcome everyone who identifies as LGBTQIA+ or gender nonconforming, and those who are exploring or questioning their identities.

During programs, we play games, read books, make arts and crafts, learn about the LGBTQ community and its history, and celebrate being wonderfully, uniquely ourselves!

If you are new to Little SMYALs, you must also fill out our one-time Intake Form at: https://bit.ly/littlesmyalsintake

When and where does Little SMYALs meet?

Little SMYALs is currently operating in a hybrid format, offering programs both in-person and virtually. Programs meet on Tuesdays and Saturdays, you can find more details on our general monthly Little SMYALs schedule.

If you plan to attend programming in-person, please review SMYAL’s COVID-19 Safety Protocols.

Register for Saturday Sessions Here

 

2nd Saturday

Where: Virtual
Time: 10-11 am ET
Ages: All ages (breakout rooms split by age)

 

4th Saturday

Where: In-Person
Time: 10-11:30 am ET
Ages: All ages

3rd Tuesday- Creative Kids

These sessions will focus on our younger audience (suggested ages 6-9). Each session might incorporate arts, crafts, songs, games, and unstructured play time in an affirming environment.

Where: In-Person
Time: 5:30-6:30 pm ET
Ages: Suggested ages 6-9

Register for Creative Kids Here

 

4th Tuesday- Middle Grades Queer Book Club

Calling all daydreamers, fantasy lovers, fiction adventurers, and comic extraordinaires! SMYAL is starting a new book club, full of diverse LGBTQ+ stories.

Where: Hybrid (In-Person and Virtual)
Time: 5:30-6:30 ET
Ages: Suggested ages 10-13

Register for Book Club Here

Can parents and siblings stay during programming?

We invite caregivers to stay for the first 5 minutes to meet the staff and make sure their child is ready to participate. We then encourage caregivers to give their child some space to allow their child to meet new friends and participate fully in this environment (some have enjoyed getting coffee down the street together during in-person programs).

Note: Parents and caregivers are welcome to join us on field trips and special events.

 

How much does it cost?

Little SMYALs is free of cost for all attendees.

 

Do I have to pre-register?

Registration is required for all Little SMYALs programs. If you are new to Little SMYALs, you must also fill out our one-time Intake Form at: https://bit.ly/littlesmyalsintake

Click Here to Register for Saturday Sessions

Click Here to Register for Creative Kids

Click Here to Register for Middle Grades Queer Book Club

 

Who leads Little SMYALs?

 

Ty Kitchen, SMYAL’s Community Engagement & Youth Leadership Manager

Ty comes to this work with over 4 years of experience at youth-serving organizations in Washington, DC.  Originally from Massachusetts, they studied Elementary Education, Community Action, and Latin American Studies at Connecticut College and student-taught in a bilingual sixth-grade classroom. Ty has worked with youth ranging in age from PreK-undergraduate in classrooms, afterschool programs, summer camp, and legal advocacy settings. They believe strongly in the power of youth-led change, and strive to create spaces where youth can be seen as their whole authentic selves.

 

What should I bring?

Please bring an ID, health-insurance card, and be prepared to fill out a registration form for your youth.

For more information please contact Ty Kitchen at ty.kitchen@smyal.org