Virtual Programs

Beginning Monday, March 16th, SMYAL main offices will begin working remotely while continuing to offer vital programs for LGBTQ youth virtually.

Daily chat rooms will be hosted on Discord and drop-in programs will meet on Zoom. Select the program you are interested in below to learn more about how to join and upcoming discssion.

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

Daily Chat Rooms

SMYAL’s daily 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.

When: Monday-Friday, 11:00 am-12:00 pm and Tuesday-Friday, 1:30-2:30 pm
Ages: 13-24
Where: Discord

Join on the Computer: Visit https://discord.gg/nGjHXn6

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

Steps to joining:

  1. Click https://discord.gg/nGjHXn6
  2. You will see a page that says “Samia_any/all 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 “Samia_any/all 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.

Drop-In Programs

SMYAL’s drop-in programs are open discussions and activities where you can connect with other LGBTQ youth through movie nights, games, and other fun activities!

When: Tuesday-Friday, 4-7 pm
Ages: 13-24
Where: Zoom

Join by Computer: Click https://zoom.us/j/5620223708
Join by Phone: Call +19292056099 and enter 5620223708#, when prompted.

  • Click here on a mobile phone: +19292056099,,5620223708#

Contact: Email Addison.Moore@SMYAL.org or call 571-316-1126

Q Chat Space

When: Friday 4:00-5:30 pm

Ages: 13-19

Where: qchatspace.org

Little SMYALs

Little SMYALs 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 Wednesday of the month and the last Saturday of the Month, 10-11am

Where: In a private, Zoom-hosted room. Link provided upon registration.

Who’s running it?: Addison Moore (After-School Programs Coordinator), and Rebecca York (Community Engagement & Youth Leadership Manager), and Samia Lalani (Assistant Director of Programs)

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 masterlist of resources for parents and caregivers. Check our Resources page for updates.

Dealing with Delays: A Support Group for TGNC Youth

Are you a trans and/or non-binary young person who has had your gender-affirming care (surgeries, HRT, etc.) delayed, postponed, or cancelled due to COVID-19? The healthcare crisis caused by COVID-19/coronavirus has caused many trans and non-binary people to have their gender-affirming surgeries delayed, postponed, or cancelled indefinitely as they are deemed “non-essential.”

Many trans and non-binary people were planning to get on hormones and are now unable to access them for the foreseeable future because of the current healthcare crisis. We know how difficult these delays can be and how they may exacerbate gender dysphoria, depression, anxiety, and other issues for young people.

SMYAL is offering a biweekly support group for trans and non-binary youth ages 13-24 who have had this experience, to provide a safe space to discuss these difficulties and concerns.

When: 2nd and last Tuesday of the Month, 5:30-6:30 pm

Ages: 13-24

Where: Zoom

Join by Computer: Click https://zoom.us/j/5620223708
Join by Phone: Call +19292056099 and enter 5620223708#, when prompted.

  • Click here on a mobile phone: +19292056099,,5620223708#

This Week's Virtual Programs

Events for week of May 25, 2020

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Wed 27th

Daily Chat Room- Open Discussion

May 27 // 11:00 am - 12:00 pm

Daily Chat Room- 1:30 pm

May 27 // 1:30 pm - 2:30 pm

Online Drop-In Programs

May 27 // 4:00 pm - 7:00 pm
Thu 28th

Daily Chat Room- Exploring Queer Love

May 28 // 11:00 am - 12:00 pm

Daily Chat Room- 1:30 pm

May 28 // 1:30 pm - 2:30 pm

Online Drop-In Programs

May 28 // 4:00 pm - 7:00 pm

Weekly Evening Chat Room

May 28 // 7:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Fri 29th

Daily Chat Room- The impact of perceptions

May 29 // 11:00 am - 12:00 pm

Daily Chat Room- 1:30 pm

May 29 // 1:30 pm - 2:30 pm

Online Drop-In Programs

May 29 // 4:00 pm - 7:00 pm
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