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!


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.

SMYAL Staff and Youth Attend Creating Change Conference

Every year the grassroots advocacy organization, the National LGBTQ Task Force, holds a conference entitled “Creating Change.” The conference is designed to promote skill building for LGBTQ and allied communities, helping to educate and inform people on current issues and best practices for taking action in their communities.

This year SMYAL sent two staff members, a youth fellow, and a youth living in our transitional housing to Creating Change, held in Philadelphia from January 17 to January 22.

Each of the SMYAL team wrote reflections on their experiences.

SMYAL Welcomes Our New Peer Education Coordinator, Ameirah Neal


SMYAL is excited to welcome Ameirah Neal as our new Peer Educucation Coordinator! 

Ameirah joins us from HIPS, Helping Individual People Survive, where they work to assist at rick populations with health services and integration into society. We sat down with her and asked five questions to get to know her. 

SMYAL Launches End of Year Giving Campaign

This holiday season, SMYAL has launched a campaign to raise $75,000 before the end of the year. SMYAL has been a home away from home for LGBTQ youth for 32 years, help us serve the community for another 32!

SMYAL is Thrilled to Announce Our New Transitional Housing Program for LGBTQ Youth

A Place To Live, Learn, and Grow

For more than 30 years, SMYAL has served, supported, and enriched the lives of LGBTQ youth in the Washington, D.C. metro area. Despite our tireless efforts, a staggering 43% of homeless youth identify as gay, lesbian, bisexual, transgender, questioning, and queer. At SMYAL, we are committed to doing more.

This is why we are beyond thrilled to be launching a new transitional housing program for LGBTQ youth. 

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