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
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.
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.
A 64-seat, 30-foot cutting-edge planetarium (no, seriously!) that teaches earth and sky science, astro-visualization and digital design
Girls gain meaningful employment experience and entrepreneurial training. They access resources, connect with mentors, build social capital, and pursue opportunities.
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
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.
That’s the gap our girls face, based on an average for our three local schools grades 3-8. Your generous gift gives them a fair shot and access to a full year of Girls Club services. To find out about sponsorship opportunities, including naming rights for key Club facilities, please contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Interested in volunteering? Just fill out this form to apply.
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.
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.