I Need Support

SMYAL’s sole purpose is to support lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and questioning (LGBTQ) youth. We want you to feel safe, to be healthy, and to be happy, and we want to help you get there. Whether you’re dealing with issues surrounding coming out and discrimination, bullying or violence, anxiety and depression, HIV or other health concerns, or any other difficult circumstances, SMYAL is here to provide the support you need.

SMYAL offers a number of programs and resources to help you navigate the many issues you deal with so you can be healthy, happy, and safe now and in the future.

Below are a few ways in which you can get support:

Program Staff

Our program staff lead programs Tuesday throught Thursday evenings from 4-7 PM and can be a great resource for youth. You can reach out to them and they can provide insight and support for whatever issues you may be going through. 

Examples of resources at SMYAL

Professional Counseling Services

SMYAL works with MBI Health Services to provide free, confidential and ongoing support to interested youth. MBI is located at 4017 Minnesota Ave., NE, which is right off the Minnesota Ave metro station. 

Youth who are DC residents can access services by calling 202-388-9202 and request to schedule an intake session, at which point they will need to indicate that they are being referred from SMYAL.  They will then be able to schedule a session that meets their needs and schedules. These services are not limited in scope or duration, so youth with any mental health needs may access these services for as long as desired.

Housing program

According to the DHS youth census 43% of Washington's homeless youth identify as LGBTQ. 330 homeless youth total were counted in this same census. Over the last year SMYAL has provided shelter, food, case management services, crisis intervention, and community support for 13 LGBTQ youth ages 18-24. 85% of our youth are currently employed and/or attending school. Our Youth Housing program offers monthly life skills courses and community engagement opportunities including nutrition and cooking classes, financial literacy, healthy relationships and communications, self defense classes, and resume workshops. Entry into the program is a part of the District of Columbia coordinated entry for homeless persons. Anyone interested in entering the program will need to have an intake interview. To schedule an interview, please call 202-567-3166. 

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