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 programs@smyal.org.

This Week's Virtual Programs

Events for week of November 29, 2020

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Mon 30th

SAFE

November 30 // 6:00 pm - 7:00 pm
Tue 1st

Ace & Aro Community Space

December 1 // 5:00 pm - 6:00 pm

Trans & Non-Binary Community Space (13-19)

December 1 // 6:00 pm - 7:00 pm
Wed 2nd

Mid-Day Chat Space

December 2 // 1:30 pm - 2:30 pm

Community Deep Dive

December 2 // 5:30 pm - 7:00 pm
Thu 3rd

Queer & Trans Disability Community Space

December 3 // 5:00 pm - 6:00 pm

Young Adult Weekly Program (ages 20-24)

December 3 // 6:00 pm - 7:00 pm
Fri 4th

Mid-Day Chat Space

December 4 // 1:30 pm - 2:30 pm

Q Chat Space

December 4 // 4:00 pm - 5:30 pm

Kick Back Night

December 4 // 6:00 pm - 7:30 pm
Sat 5th
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Program Descriptions

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.

When: Wednesday and Friday, 1:30-2:30 pm EST
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.

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: 1st and 3rd Tuesday of the month, 5-6 pm EST (https://discord.gg/nGjHXn6)
Bi+Pan Youth: 2nd and 4th Tuesday of the month, 5-6 pm EST (https://discord.gg/nGjHXn6)
BIPOC Youth: 2nd and 4th Thursday of the month, 5-6 pm EST (https://discord.gg/nGjHXn6)
Queer and Trans Youth with Disabilities: 1st and 3rd Thursday of the month, 5-6 pm (https://discord.gg/nGjHXn6)
Trans and Non-Binary Youth hosted with Gender Spectrum: Ages 13-19 1st and 3rd Tuesday, Ages 20-24 2nd and 4th Tuesday, all at 6-7 pm EST (https://zoom.us/j/5620223708)

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.

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#

When: 1st and 3rd Wednesday of the month, 5:30-7 pm EST

Come hangout with other queer and trans youth while we watch movies, play games, and have fun together on Friday nights.

When: Fridays, 6-7:30 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#

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

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 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.

When: Friday 4:00-5:30 pm

Ages: 13-19

Where: qchatspace.org

SMYAL is launching SAFE: Supporting and Fostering Empowerment, 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.

When: Fridays, 5-6 pm EST

Ages: 13-24

Where: Zoom

Register for SAFE: https://us02web.zoom.us/meeting/register/tZYscuuppzorGNTcG4GTrNq7bJpl5528gpQP

Contact: Jhirbron Tonge, jhirbron.tonge@smyal.orgjhirbron.tonge@smyal.org

SMYAL’s Study Hall gives students ages 13-24 a chance to work on class assignments in an enviroment with other queer and trans young people. Youth will be able to get support from queer and trans adults to finish assignments! The Study Hall will be split into breakout rooms according to whether youth are in middle school, high school, or college.

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#

When: 2nd and 4th Wednesday of the month, 5:30-7 pm EST

A weekly evening chat space designed for queer and trans young adults ages 20-24.

When: Thursday, 6-7 pm EST

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#