SMYAL After School Programs

Designed for LGBTQ youth like you, our programs offer the opportunity to express yourself. You’ll also develop leadership skills and connect with other LGBTQ youth, all in a safe environment. Our programs range from discussion groups and self-care workshops to fields trips and vouging, and everything thing between. 

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11:00 am - Daily Chat Room- Let’s Talk About Pride Season

1:30 pm - Daily Chat Room- Open Discussion

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11:00 am - Daily Chat Room- Mascot for the LGBTQ Community

1:30 pm - Daily Chat Room- Celebrating Trans Voices

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11:00 am - Daily Chat Room- Open Discussion

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11:00 am - Daily Chat Room- Mental Health

1:30 pm - Daily Chat Room- Stress Management

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11:00 am - Daily Chat Room- Maintaining Friendships

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1:30 pm - Daily Chat Room- What’s the Tea?

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11:00 am - Daily Chat Room- Open Discussion

1:30 pm - Daily Chat Room- Working from Home

4:00 pm - Online Drop-In Programs

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11:00 am - Daily Chat Room- Finding a Mascot for the LGBTQ Community

11:00 am - Little SMYALs (Youth ages 6-12)

1:30 pm - Daily Chat Room- Story Builder Game

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11:00 am - Daily Chat Room- LGBTQ Media

1:30 pm - Daily Chat Room- Stress Management

4:00 pm - Online Drop-In Programs

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11:00 am - Daily Chat Room- What Astrology Says About Your Personality

1:30 pm - Daily Chat Room- What’s the Tea?

4:00 pm - Online Drop-In Programs

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Youth Leadership Award

Join Our Youth Council

Are you a leader in your GSA or LGBTQ organization at school? Connect with like-minded students during our monthly Youth Council meetings. As you learn how to make your school safer and more inclusive, you will also have the opportunity to discuss specific issues at your school. Interested in joining? Please email programs@smyal.org.

Activist Camp

Are you interested in how to be a leader in your community? We’ve created a four-day retreat just for you! During our Activist Camp, you’ll learn how to lead your community while championing inclusive school policies. Get the tools you need to create a safer environment for you and your LGBTQ peers.

While the Activist Camp primarily addresses high school students, it is open to all students from high school to  21, especially those advocating for LGBTQ youth at school. Sound like you? Fill out our questionnaire and apply today!

Little SMYALs

Little SMYAL’s is a group dedicated to 6-12 year olds, that meets the last Saturday of each month from 10am – 11:30am to provide young people a safe(r) space hang out and meet new people, access resources, and gain support from staff while connecting youth and their families to community resources and services. Join us for art and crafts, enrichment activities, story time, food, field trips, and all-around fun!

Genders & Sexualities Alliance Network (GSA)

The Genders & Sexualities Alliance (GSA) Network empowers queer, trans, and allied youth leaders to organize and mobilize a movement that advocates for safer schools and healthier communities. By providing leadership and activist training, we support the next generation as they lead the charge for LGBTQ rights and social justice.

Our Youth Council also meets to support campus leaders as they organize initiatives to create a safer learning environment. In doing so, we bring the voices and perspectives of youth to the forefront of the LGBTQ movement while educating community members and school faculty.

Breaking Ground

Breaking Ground is a summer program for LGBTQIA+ youth and young adults that utilizes theatre arts and music to discuss complex challenges, successes, and topics. Through acting, singing, and dance workshops, the youth develop a full length musical production based on their real life stories.

Sexual Health

SMYAL works to provide inclusive sexual health education to LGBTQ youth. Knowledge is power and helps to encourage healthy behaviors.

Join SMYAL in our efforts to make sexual health more inclusive and accessible by become a Peer Health Fellow.

Youth Crisis

If you are a youth in crisis, please visit our resource page to find the best place for you to reach out for help.

For over 35 years, SMYAL has worked to empower LGBTQ youth.

As we move programs to virtual platforms, we will continue providing safe and
affirming spaces for youth
to build community and connect to supportive services
that remind us in a time of physical distancing, we are not alone.