Youth Programs Schedule

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

 

At the moment, all of SMYAL’s youth drop-in programs are being held virtually. Select the program you are interested in below to learn more about how to join an upcoming group.

As we prepare to 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

For more information, please contact youthdevelopment@smyal.org.

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Our drop-in programs and community spaces are a place where queer and trans youth can meet other young people who hold the same identities, talk about a wide variety of topics that impact them, find support, or just be in community with one another.

Drop-in programs are hosted virtually for the time being. As the COVID-19 pandemic evolves, we will continue to reevaluate and update our programs.

Virtual programs are hosted on Discord and Zoom.

Check the individual program descriptions for links to join that day’s program.

 

Steps to joining SMYAL’s Discord Server:

  1. On your computer or the Discord mobile app, click https://discord.gg/WfN3V4NVnd
  2. You will see a page that says “Addison_they/them21 invited you to join SMYAL Virtual Chat Space.” You can either create an account or continue with a one-time username,
  3. Create a Username: YourName_pronouns
  4. Create an Account: Enter an email and create an account so you can rejoin a group later. You do not have to create an account to be in the chat.
  5. Already Have an Account? Select this option and log in to your account
  6. When you enter the chat, you will be greeted by a welcome message directing you to fill out a Google Form with your Discord username, as well as their name, pronouns, and location. Once you’ve done this, a moderator will add them to the private virtual chat space.

If you are joining on a smartphone, you will be directed to a page that says “Addison_they/them21 invited you to join SMYAL Virtual Chat Space.”

  1. Click on “Accept Invite” and download the app.
  2. Create an account and follow the steps above.

Q Chat Space online discussion groups give you a dedicated space to come together with other youth and talk about topics relevant to your identities and experiences hosted by LGBTQ youth centers from across the country.

There are chats hosted every day of the week with rotating topics.

SMYAL hosts the chat on Fridays from 4:00-5:30 pm ET. Check out the full schedule at qchatspace.org.