Youth Programs

JULY 28 - AUGUST 1, 2021

Rise Up! Youth Organizing Conference

 

Ever wanted to learn more about what it means to be a youth organizer?

Are you already engaging in organizing and activist work in your community, and want to find community with other youth organizers?

Are you interested in learning more about movements for social change like climate action, police-free schools, and gun control?

If you answered yes to any of those questions, then you should register for Rise Up!: A National Conference For Queer and Trans Youth Organizers.

SMYAL Youth Programs

 

Designed for queer and trans youth like you, our programs offer the opportunity to express yourself and build community. Our programs range from discussion groups and self-care workshops to kick back nights and study halls. For now, all programs are hosted online.

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Little SMYALS

Little SMYAL’s is a group for queer and trans 6-12 year olds 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.

Little SMYALs  has gone virtual! Join us on the second and fourth Saturdays of the month for games, crafts, reading, and all-around fun!

Rise Up! National Youth Organizing Conference​

Ever wanted to learn more about what it means to be a youth organizer?

Are you already engaging in organizing and activist work in your community, and want to find community with other youth organizers? Then check out Rise Up!

Rise Up! is a four-day, free, online conference that explores what it means to be a young queer organizer today. The conference is open to any queer, trans & nonbinary, and ally youth ages 13-24 years old.

Youth Leadership Award

Are you paving the way for your fellow LGBTQ students at your school? Do you organize school initiatives? Then you’re improving the future of our community and we want you to get the support you need. As you pursue your dreams of secondary  education, learn more about our award and apply today!

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 becoming a Peer Health Fellow. The Peer Health Fellowships are paid 6-month positions.

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.

Youth Resources

If you are looking for connections to housing in DC, please visit SMYAL.org/housing.

 

If you are looking for resources around mental & physical health, community & family support, or guides about identity, visit our resources page.