Virtual Programs

SMYAL’s virtual youth programs are supportive and affirming spaces where queer and trans youth can build community. Programs are hosted on Discord and Zoom. Select the program you are interested in below to learn more about how to join and upcoming group.

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

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Programs for ages 13-24

Our community spaces give youth a place where they can meet other young people who hold the same identities. These spaces are open for youth to talk about a wide variety of topics that impact them or just be in community with one another. You can join open Discord chats from 1:30-2:30- pm ET on Wednesdays and from 5-7 pm ET on Thursdays.

We offer spaces for:

  • Ace+Aro Youth
  • Bi+Pan Youth
  • BIPOC Youth
  • Queer and Trans Youth with Disabilities
  • Trans and Non-Binary Youth
  • Young Adults (18-24)

All groups are hosted on Discord.

Join on the Computer: Visit https://discord.gg/WfN3V4NVnd

Download the App: Download “Discord” from the App Store

Steps to joining:

  1. Click https://discord.gg/WfN3V4NVnd
  2. You will see a page that says “Addison_they/them 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.

Community Deep Dives are a chance for youth to learn and engage with different topics such as health, wellness, and art. These deep dives will include facilitators from SMYAL as well as other community members and organizations.

Interested in hosting or partnering on a Community Deep Dive? Contact youthdevelopment@smyal.org

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.