Programs for Ages 13-24

SMYAL’s youth programs are supportive and affirming spaces where queer and trans youth can build community, find support, and be themselves.

SMYAL’s youth drop-in programs are being held virtually and in person at our Youth Center in Washington, DC.

You can explore the full calendar of programs and events for LGBTQ youth ages 13-24 below or in the SMYAL Youth Programs Portal. To learn more about an individual program or to register for an event, click on the calendar listing.

If this is your first time attending a SMYAL program, please create an account in SMYAL’s Youth Programs Portal.

For more information, please contact [email protected].

Group of BIPOC youth standing outside SMYAL's offices. There are five youth in total, the two on either side of the group are wearing white shirts, the youth in the middle is wearing a pink SMYAL shirt.

Upcoming Programs and Events

SMYAL Programs FAQs

What are SMYAL’s COVID-19 protocols?

As we welcome youth back into the space for programming, we want to ensure the health and safety of all participants. To that end, we have developed COVID – 19 protocols that will be followed by all participants for in-person YDCE programming & events. If there is a positive COVID-19 exposure, the drop-in center may suspend programming for 10 days. 

Read the full SMYAL COVID-19 Safety Protocols Here

Who can attend SMYAL’s programs?

We welcome all youth ages 13-24 who identify as LGBTQ+, as well as those who are exploring or questioning their identities. Through our virtual programming, youth may join from wherever they are located. However, in-person programming is based in Washington, DC. 

Some programs are open to all youth within this 13-24 age range, while others are designed for high-school ages (13-18) or young adults (19-24). Click on an event in the programs calendar above to see what ages it is open to.

When and where do SMYAL’s drop-in programs meet?

SMYAL’s drop-in programs are being held virtually and in person.

Virtual programs are hosted every Wednesday and Thursday on either Discord, Zoom, or Q Chat Space.

In-person programs are hosted every Tuesday and Friday at our Youth Center in Washington, DC. The Youth Center is easily accessible by WMATA metro and bus lines. If you have any questions or transportation needs, please contact [email protected].

How much does it cost?

SMYAL’s programs are all free of cost for attendees.


Do I have to pre-register?

If this is your first time joining a SMYAL program, you must set up an account in our Programs Portal and fill out a one-time intake form. Once you have registered, you will be able to sign up for individual programs, as well as update your own member information like name or address.

Not all programs require registration, but it is highly encouraged. To find out if a program or event requires registration, click on the event in the calendar. If a “Register” button is in the description, you must register to attend. If you register, but can no longer attend, you can remove your registration within the Youth Programs Portal.

Click Here to Set Up an Account