COVID-19 has presented SMYAL with both challenges and opportunities. It continues to operate its supervised supportive housing program hygiene and social distancing protocols in place for 26 LGBTQ youth. Other programs have shifted to virtual platforms, allowing SMYAL to expand its reach and empower LGBTQ youth from across the region and country, many of whom come from homes that are not supportive of who they are. A national conference for queer and trans youth, daily topic-oriented chat rooms and drop-in programs connect youth with their peers and build community. A Youth Care Navigation Hotline helps them identify food, mental, sexual, and health resources during COVID-19. A Little SMYAL's program provides culturally- and age-appropriate programming for youth ages 6-12. Facebook live discussion panels with other youth-serving professionals from across the country mean sharing best practices on serving youth during very uncertain times.

Headquarters: DC-Ward 6

Where They Operate: DC-Citywide; MD-Montgomery County; MD-Prince George's County; VA-Arlington County; VA-Fairfax County; VA-City of Alexandria; VA-City of Fairfax; VA-City of Falls Church

Age Groups Served: Youth (5-11); Pre-teen/teen (12-17); Young adult (18-24)

Ethnic Groups Served: African American; Asian American; Caucasian; Latino/Hispanic; Other

Population(s) Served: Individuals who identify as LGBTQ; Individuals living with HIV/AIDs; Students; Gays/Lesbians; HIV/AIDs; Low- to Moderate-Income Community Members

Awards & Recognition

GLAA Distinguished Service Award, April 2012
Washington Blade "Best Nonprofit" Award, 2011
Capital Pride Parade "Lady Gaga Award" for Best Theme and Energy, June 2011

Press

  • Organization helps young LGBT community
    Thu Dec 4 2008  
    Washington, D.C.'s only completely youth-centered sexual orientation awareness group has created a place of belonging for LGBT teens in the Prince George's County and the District, bringing them together for events that range from movie nights to group counseling and making sure everyone who walks through its doors gets tested for HIV and is educated about safe sex.

Budget (FY2015)

  • $3 million or higher
  • $1 million to $3 million
  • The current budget for SMYAL is: $500k to $1 million
  • Less than $500k

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