This Week at SMYAL:
Monday-Thursday, 3-5 PM
Friday, 3-6 PM
We're having a SMYAL Spring Break this week, so there will be no regular programs through Friday, 4/25. We are still open for HIV testing drop-in hours, though. See you next week!
Thank you to everyone who voted to help SMYAL's youth center get a makeover courtesy of IKEA College Park in Maryland! Online voting for the 4th annual "IKEA Life Improvement Challenge" closed on March 31, and as the first runners-up, we won a $1,000 gift card to the store! Be on the lookout for some new furniture soon....
On Our Shelves
Looking for something new to read? Check out books from SMYAL's library of LGBT literature, biographies, plays, and more! Youth can browse our shelves online here and borrow books from the youth center any time.
Interested in sharing some of your book collection? We're always happy to take donations! Just contact email@example.com. Thank you!
30 Years of Supporting Local LGBTQ Youth
SMYAL is the premier Washington, DC metro area service organization solely dedicated to supporting LGBTQ youth.
Did you notice our facelift? In the spring of 2013, we launched a new brand identity and modified our acronym to stand for Supporting and Mentoring Youth Advocates and Leaders. This exciting move brings our name into better alignment with our youth empowerment and leadership development initiatives, while still carrying on the legacy of our founding mission. (Please note: for legal and tax purposes, our name remains the Sexual Minority Youth Assistance League.)
SMYAL's mission is to support and empower lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and questioning (LGBTQ) youth in the Washington, DC metropolitan region. Through youth leadership, SMYAL creates opportunities for LGBTQ youth to build self-confidence, develop critical life skills, and engage their peers and community through service and advocacy. Committed to social change, SMYAL builds, sustains and advocates for programs, policies and services that LGBTQ youth need as they grow into adulthood.
For 30 years, SMYAL has been a beacon of hope for LGBTQ youth in the Washington, DC metropolitan area. Reaching out to provide needed services to more than 11,000 youth and critical training to more than 6,000 youth workers, our impact in the community has been enormous.
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