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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
This Week's Virtual Programs
SMYAL’s chat rooms are designed to provide LGBTQ youth with topic-based support groups. Here, you can connect with your peers, build community, and find the support you need. Chats 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:
- Click https://discord.gg/WfN3V4NVnd
- 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,
- Create a Username: YourName_pronouns
- 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.
- Already Have an Account? Select this option and log in to your account
- 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.”
- Click on “Accept Invite” and download the app.
- Create an account and follow the steps above.
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. We offer spaces for:
- Ace+Aro Youth
- Bi+Pan Youth
- BIPOC Youth
- Queer and Trans Youth with Disabilities
- Trans and Non-Binary Youth hosted with Gender Spectrum (2 groups hosted on Zoom)
- Ages 13-19
- Ages 18-24
All groups are hosted on Discord.
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. Hosted on Zoom.
Join by Computer: Click https://us02web.zoom.us/j/87556539827
Little SMYALs for queer and trans youth ages 6-12 has gone virtual! In order to attend this month’s groups, you must reserve your spot ahead of time! You will need a phone, iPad, computer, etc. with access to the internet in order to participate. Youth can join with video, audio, or via chat. We recommend joining with both video and audio, to most closely mimic our in-person groups.
When: The second and last Saturday of the Month, 10-11am
Where: In a private, Zoom-hosted room. Link provided upon registration.
Who’s running it?: Addison Moore (Drop-In Programs Manager) and Ty Kitchen (Community Engagement and Youth Leadership Manager)
One parent/ caregiver must be available for the first 5 minutes of the virtual program. This is primarily to help your child adjust to the virtual platform, but also to assist with any technical issues that may arise! SMYAL staff will also be able to answer any of your questions at this time.
Click HERE to register your child for our upcoming meetings. You’ll receive a copy of the Zoom link once you register. There is no cap to registration, and you can register a young person up until the group begins.
If you have any questions or concerns, please don’t hesitate to reach out. We have compiled a master list of resources for parents and caregivers. Check our Resources page for updates.
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 EST at qchatspace.org
SAFE: Supporting and Fostering Empowerment is a weekly support group for survivors of domestic violence.
This community-based group is an opportunity to share personal experiences, coping strategies, first-hand accounts, information, and resources for individuals facing domestic or intimate partner violence.
This support space is designed for queer and trans youth (ages 13-24) and will be hosted on Zoom. Participants have the option of not using their camera, but group facilitators will have theirs on. If this is your first group, you must register at the Zoom link below.
Contact: Jhirbron Tonge, email@example.com
An evening chat space designed for queer and trans young adults ages 20-24 hosted on Discord.