The Social Work Club of Lock Haven University’s Stephen Poorman College of Business, Information Systems and Human Services, recently traveled to Washington D.C. for a service trip to the Sexual Minority Youth Assistance League (SMYAL).
The trip was sponsored by the Social Work Club with the assistance of Student Activities. Dr. Janice Davis from Howard University connected club members to this service activity. Dr. Steven Granich traveled with 14 LHU social work majors to learn more about the organization and the important work that they do.
SMYAL assists LGBTQ youth in the community through counseling, community outreach and conferences and runs a shelter for LGBTQ youth in need. It helps LGBTQ youth build confidence and leadership skills in order to engage peers and the community.
The social work students brought donations for the youth and participated in a 2-hour workshop on LGBTQ issues. Rebecca York and Francisco White, employees of the agency, led the club members in discussing definitions of LGBTQ issues, a gender identity exercise and how to be an ally for LGBTQ youth.
It was an informative and productive day for the students, learning about LGBTQ rights and providing donations of blankets, clothes and other items to the youth. The students were impressed with the organization and support that SMYAL offers to LGBTQ youth in the Washington, D.C. area.
They ended the day by visiting museums and other historical sites and viewing the cherry blossoms in the mall.
Lock Haven University’s main campus is located on the West Branch of the Susquehanna River in the scenic mountains of Pennsylvania. The university offers 49 undergraduate majors and certifications with 47 minors and five graduate programs.
LHU is a member of Pennsylvania’s State System, the largest provider of higher education in the Commonwealth. Its 14 universities offer more than 2,300 degree and certificate programs in more than 530 academic areas of study. Nearly 520,000 system alumni live and work in Pennsylvania.
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