SMYAL News

SMYAL's Statement on Suicide of Jamel Myles

On behalf of the entire SMYAL family, we are saddened and moved by the story of Jamel Myles – a 9-year-old boy in Denver, Colorado who died by suicide days after telling classmates he was gay.

LGBTQ youth face higher rates of depression, bullying, isolation, and suicide due to the discrimination they experience in many facets of their daily lives. SMYAL works to ensure that LGBTQ youth in the Metro DC area have safe spaces to be their authentic selves.

Application for Activist Camp 2018 Open

GSA Activist Camp

What is the Activist Camp?

The camp is a four day- three night camp for student leaders in Gender & Sexuality Alliances and LGBTQ+  Student organizations! During the 4 days and 3 nights you will have an opportunity to participate in youth led workshops, horseback riding, outdoor obstacle course and a host of fun and engaging activities.

When is the Activist Camp?

Applications for the 2018 LGBT Youth Leadership Awards Are Now Open!

SMYAL is excited to annouce that the application is open for the 2018 LGBT Youth Leadership Awards!

The SMYAL LGBT Youth Leadership Awards are individual college scholarships of up to $2,000 for Washington, DC Metro Area students who have demonstrated leadership in their school or community.

Announcing our 2017 LGBT Youth Leadership Award Winners!

This scholarship pays tribute to the challenges that many LGBT youth face when coming out and recognizes the perseverance it takes to be out as a young person. LGBT youth face higher rates of bullying, depression, substance abuse, and homelessness, in part due to the challenges they face when coming out. These awards will help reduce the financial burden faced by the recipients as they further their education.

This year’s award winners include:

Welcome to Joseph Sewell!

 

SMYAL is thrilled to welcome Joseph Sewell who joins us as our Youth Transitional Housing Program Coordinator. This is an exciting step for SMYAL because Joseph will help us expand our offerings to the youth in our housing program. Joseph was kind enough to sit down and tell us a little bit about himself. Check it out below!

Why did you choose SMYAL?

Searching for Participants

SMYAL is looking for participants for a survey. Participants must be 18 or older and men of color who are gay or bisexual or an 18 or older transperson of color. 

Welcome to Morgan Carrillo, SMYAL's Case Manager

With the recent expansion of SMYAL's programming to include a transitional housing program, our staff has grown as well! Welcome to Morgan Carrillo, our case manager.  Morgan comes to us with several years of national and international experience in reproductive health, anti-violence against women, anti-human trafficking, and social policy. 

What is your prior professional background?

2017 LGBT Youth Scholarship Awards Application is Now Open

The application for the 2017 Youth Scholarship Awards is now open!

SMYAL LGBT YOUTH LEADERSHIP AWARD

The SMYAL LGBT Youth Leadership Awards are individual college scholarships of up to $2,000 for Washington, DC Metro Area students who have demonstrated leadership in their school or community.

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