Welcome to the Lower East Side.

New York City’s most legendary neighborhood can be a tough place for a girl to grow up.

 

69%

of public school students live in poverty

 

2000

of NYC’s homeless students come from the Lower Eastside

 

16%

of students perform at grade level in math in grades 3-8

 

35%

of youth are raised by a grandparent or other family member

 

50%

of High School students graduate (city average is 70%)

 

13%

of students are performing at grade level in English in grades 3-8

 

85%

of schools qualify as overcrowded

 

60%

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.

Our Programs

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.

The Lower Eastside Girls Club Center for Community

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

Lamarr-Lovelace Labs

Lamarr-Lovelace Labs

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

East Village Planetarium

A 64-seat, 30-foot cutting-edge planetarium (no, seriously!) that teaches earth and sky science, astro-visualization and digital design

Digital Media Lab

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

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

Rooftop Garden

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.