SMYAL - Supporting and Mentoring Youth Advocates and Leaders


March 21, 2014

Cathy Chu Honored Among the 'Sheroes of the Movement'

We've always known that SMYAL is full of heroes, sheroes, and everything else across the spectrum of wonderful-deed-doers, but we are especially excited to see Cathy Chu honored this week as one of the "Sheroes of the Movement" by the DC Mayor's Office of GLBT Affairs.
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March 19, 2014

Be Part of This Spring's WLI Retreat!

Applications are now available to join the Women's Leadership Institute's Spring Retreat! The retreat happens April 4-6 out in Maryland and is totally FREE. Please return the forms (downloadable through the link below) by April 3.
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March 17, 2014

Help SMYAL Win an IKEA Makeover!

You can help SMYAL's youth center get a makeover courtesy of IKEA College Park in Maryland! Voting opens TODAY for the 4th annual "IKEA Life Improvement Challenge" and you can vote once a day through March 28th to help spruce up SMYAL. It only takes a moment -- click for a cause today and help us be a winner!
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March 11, 2014

Executive Director Andrew Barnett Departing in August to Pursue Ph.D.

Andrew Barnett, SMYAL's Executive Director, announced today that he plans to depart from the organization this August to pursue his Ph.D. in clinical psychology, focused especially on the psychosocial factors impacting LGBTQ youth health. We hope you will join us in thanking Andrew for his dynamic leadership and in wishing him the very best as he continues his studies and commitment to LGBTQ youth. Click below for details about the Board's search for a new ED, Andrew's time at SMYAL, and future plans for both Andrew and SMYAL.
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March 4, 2014

ACT Up -- A New Theater Program at SMYAL!

SMYAL is proud to announce that we are partnering with TheatreLAB School for Dramatic Arts to bring you "ACT Up!" a new theater program at SMYAL. This is your chance to create an original piece of theater all about HIV/AIDS. Take to the stage, tell your story, change lives. No previous experience is necessary. Applications are available at our youth center or through the link below and due 3/31.
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March 3, 2014

Registration Open for DC Front Runners Pride Run 5K

Born to run or just born this way? In either case, kick off your Capital Pride weekend with the DC Front Runners Pride Run -- a 5K race on Friday 6/6/14 supporting SMYAL and Team DC! Whether you're sprinting for first place or a personal best, you should sign up soon -- last year's event sold out ahead of race day.
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