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Your support changes girls’ lives.
The Girls Club Impact:
- 89% of girls report they’re more interested in STEM subjects
- 95% of girls report that the Girls Club helps them manage stress and anxiety
- 98% of girls report that they’re more aware of issues impacting their lives and their community
- 88% of girls report discovering new interests and passions
- 91% of girls say the Girls Club helps them set goals, plan ahead, and stay motivated
Welcome to the Lower East Side.
New York City’s most legendary neighborhood can be a tough place for a girl to grow up.
of public school students live in poverty
of NYC’s homeless students come from the Lower Eastside
of students perform at grade level in math in grades 3-8
of youth are raised by a grandparent or other family member
of High School students graduate (city average is 70%)
of students are performing at grade level in English in grades 3-8
of schools qualify as overcrowded
of youth are raised in single parent homes
Our mission is to break the cycle of local poverty by training the next generation of ethical, entrepreneurial and environmental leaders.
— Ursula Burns, CEO of Xerox and native of Avenue D
The Lower Eastside Girls Club connects girls and young women to healthy and successful futures. Our state-of-the-art center offers a safe haven with programs in the arts, sciences, leadership, entrepreneurship, and wellness for middle and
high school girls. Programs are offered at no cost to girls and their families. To find out about membership for a girl in 6th-12th grade, please fill out our Membership Inquiry form.
The Lower Eastside Girls Club Center for Community
NYC’s first and only Girls Club facility is 33,000 square feet of safe space to learn and grow
Girls discover the fascinating universe of science and technology, develop an appreciation and love of STEM subjects, and confidently realize that they too can thrive in these male-dominated fields.
East Village Planetarium
A 64-seat, 30-foot cutting-edge planetarium (no, seriously!) that teaches earth and sky science, astro-visualization and digital design
We Mean Business and Mentoring
Girls gain meaningful employment experience and entrepreneurial training. They access resources, connect with mentors, build social capital, and pursue opportunities.
Alphabet City Art School
Girls tap into their creative passions, explore a variety of opportunities in the arts, humanities and media, and connect with the thriving art scene in New York with courses in photography, digital film, sewing and
material arts, drawing painting, sculpture, and more
GALA: Girls as Activists, Leaders and Advocates
Girls build supportive peer groups and learn to navigate the complexities of urban life. They broaden their worldview and strengthen their advocacy skills. They simultaneously develop tolerance, empathy, a capacity
for ethical decision-making, and a commitment to contributing towards a greater good.
Close the gap.
Schools in our neighborhood get $6000 less annual funding per student than wealthier districts around the state.
(Statistics above are an average for our three local schools grades 3-8.)
Want to Join The Club?
To find out about membership for a girl in 6th-12th grade, please fill out our Membership Inquiry form.
To find out about sponsorship opportunities, please contact us.
Read more about our mission and history here.
Visit WGRL, our girl-powered podcast station, here.
To volunteer, apply here.
Finding a Home
PS 188 made national news for 47% of its students being homeless. The Girls Club is providing the safety net to keep these Lower Eastside kids in school and moving forward.
20 Years of Love
Our founder Lyn Pentecost tells the deeply personal story of why she has committed two decades to our girls and to our community — and how you can help.