The Lower Eastside Girls Club is a hub of innovation in the field of community-based youth development. We are a model for educators from across the globe who learn from and replicate our unique program design and approach to community engagement. We are a training institute for public health nurses, counselors, artists, educators, and scientists seeking to apply their expertise and have a meaningful impact in an urban setting. We bring people together in critical conversation and knowledge exchange by organizing and convening conferences, seminars, speaker series, film forums, and public education opportunities. The organization could not thrive without its hardworking staff that come from diverse backgrounds, wielding an incredible array of skill-sets and dedicating their expertise to the advancement of women and girls in our community and beyond.
The Lower Eastside Girls Club staff represents a cross-section of people, most whom live on the Lower East Side of Manhattan, many who were born and raised here who are also raising their children here. The women and men on staff and the over 100 active mentors are between the ages of 22 and 65 and represent diverse heritages that include the Caribbean, Africa, The Dominican Republic, Puerto Rico, Europe and the Americas. Our staff members come from a wide range of economic classes and educational experiences, from PhDs to GEDs, and share a sense of mission—a vision of the future—and a passion for young people and the neighborhood we work in.