This Week at SMYAL


What's going on at SMYAL? Check out the calendar below for all of this week's youth and supporter events! Click on each event to view more details and get contact information for the event organizer, and you can use the drop-down arrow at the top right to view only specific types of programming (like DC Regional GSA Network events, HIV testing hours, or supporter events). View our full monthly calendar here, and please feel free to copy events to your own calendar so you don't miss out!






News and Updates



SMYAL's 30th Anniversary Fall Brunch
It may still be spring, but we've already started planning for this year's 30th Anniversary Fall Brunch! The annual event you have grown to love -- with some extra 30th birthday celebratory flair -- will take place at the Mandarin Oriental on Sunday, November 2, 2014. Mark your calendar now and find out more details here!



Sultan Shakir: SMYAL's New Executive Director


After an extensive search by the board, we are excited to announce that Sultan Shakir has been named SMYAL's next Executive Director. Sultan has worked with LGBTQ youth in the DC metro area for many years as a community leader. Learn more here about how Sultan's experience will amplify SMYAL's ability to provide resources and space for LGBTQ youth to develop their leadership and interpersonal skills. 




Where Are They Now?
All this year, in honor of SMYAL's 30th birthday, we've been reconnecting with youth alumni, founding members, and staff and volunteers from years long past. We collected some of their stories in a special publication entitled "30 Years of SMYAL Stories." Check it out below!





Are You a SMYAL Alum? We Want to Hear from You!
This year, SMYAL is turning 30 years old (though we'll always remain young at heart). To celebrate our big anniversary, we are collecting stories from previous SMYAL youth who have "aged out" of our current programs. If you attended any of SMYAL's programming for LGBTQ youth between the years of 1984-2013, please let us know how you're doing and share your favorite memories by filling out this online form to the best of your ability.

Feel free to contact lucien.tessier@smyal.org for any additional information or with questions. We are excited to hear from you!



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 supporterinfo@smyal.org. Thank you!




Share an Amazon Smile with SMYAL
Online retail giant Amazon.com has launched a new program called Amazon Smile which donates a percentage of each order to customer-designated charities at no extra cost! Sign up today and help support DC-area LGBTQ youth through your holiday shopping or regular purchases.

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30 Years of Supporting Local LGBTQ Youth

SMYAL is the premier Washington, DC metro area service organization solely dedicated to supporting LGBTQ youth.

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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