The Lower Eastside Girls Club Center for Community is now open Avenue D and 8th Street in Manhattan.
This sustainably built, state-of-the-art building is a new world filled with hope, imagination and possibility for the future!
Our Lamarr-Lovelace Labs and STEM Center is the epicenter of all technology-related programs and equipment. The STEM Center is home to The East Village Planetarium, computer stations with digital photography, filmmaking and editing equipment, and the digital sound and music stations. Our Geek Girls Maker Shop opens onto a working Farm Girls green roof where girls will grow flowers and herbs for the café and demonstrate a variety of alternative energy products.
Program development offices, conference space, and training rooms share space with the Counseling, Career and Leadership Center where girls can meet with counselors and advisors. The Academic Support Center is the site for after-school tutoring, book clubs and quiet activities - offered daily by educational staff and trained volunteers.
Ongoing Tween Academy tutoring, and GALA - Girls as Activists, Leaders and Advocates leadership development and civic engagement programs are also available. This year, the LESGC embarks on a partnership that adds significant reach and resources to our organization: The Tyra Banks TZONE. The TZONE is the entry portal for youth participants to Girls Club programs and will be our national training center.
The Health and Wellness Center, a multipurpose facility for healthcare and physical activities, includes dance, yoga, drumming, meditation and stress reduction programs, sports activities and more. Nurse practitioners, nutritionists, and physical fitness instructors are available for counseling and training. Educational classes, writing workshops, and community events for families and new parents will also take place here.
A portion of this new facility will be devoted to public programming and the arts. Large light-filled Alphabet City Art School studios are used for painting, drawing and other materials arts classes. The Girls Out Loud sound design studio - in a converted 1958 Airstream - is the site for live programming, sound engineering, podcasting, and digital journalism activities. Simultaneously, girls take their digital film, photography and IT courses, while school classes and the general public participate in film festivals and screening events in the Center for Media and Social Justice screening room. The Art + Community Gallery, site of LESGC’s teen curatorial training programs, acts as a venue for a wide range of art exhibitions.
We are expanding our successful entrepreneurial social venture businesses, The Sweet Things Baking Company and Celebrate Café, with the construction of a Culinary Education Center and commercial kitchen. These programs offer job training and opportunities for teenage girls and neighborhood women. The kitchen will also serve as a classroom for nutrition education and meet in-house food service needs.
A courtyard filled with flowers, an outdoor fountain designed by artist Kiki Smith, and café tables will provide a unique oasis for dining and quiet events. In the La Tendita Fair Trade Gift Shop, items from cooperatives around the world share shelf space with girl-made crafts and artwork.
The Lower Eastside Girls Club Center for Community is the first center of its kind in New York City—offering free and creative programs and opportunities to girls and their families for years to come.
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