Dear JusticeAid Family,
This year, we turn our spotlight to LGBTQ rights, specifically the challenges faced by queer and trans youth, who are too often marginalized, dehumanized, and criminalized.
Following a rigorous review, our Board of Directors selected SMYAL (Supporting and Mentoring Youth Advocates and Leaders) as our 2022 grantee partner. SMYAL creates opportunities for LGBTQ youth to build self-confidence, develop critical life skills, and engage their peers and community through service and advocacy. Committed to social change, SMYAL builds, sustains, and advocates for programs, policies, and services that LGBTQ youth need as they grow into adulthood. JusticeAid is honored to lift up and support SMYAL this year.