The Lower Eastside Girls Club (LESGC) is a community-based organization dedicated to preparing today's girls for tomorrow's world. LESGC’s mission is “to raise the next generation of environmental, entrepreneurial and ethical leaders.” LESGC connects girls and young women to healthy and successful futures. We offer them “Joy. Power. Possibility,” so they know that they can do anything. Founded in 1996 by neighborhood mothers, entrepreneurs, artists, and community activists to address the lack of services and facilities for girls in our community, we now serve over 1000 girls and young women aged 10-23 annually. In 20 years, we have grown from a small volunteer-led organization into a recognized leader and innovator in the field of youth programming, community arts and community engagement, with partnerships with sister organizations in four states (Los Angeles, CA; New Orleans, LA; Hudson, NY; Flatheads Reservation, MT) and three countries (Glasgow, Scotland; Sierra Leone, Chiapas, Mexico). The girls and young women in our program are using their voices and talents to create movements, demonstrations, art, music, and products that promote gender justice, barrier and ceiling dismantling, anti-violence, mental and physical wellness, environmental justice, civic and political engagement. We are committed to providing our girls and their community with the tools and experiences they need to overcome, and eradicate, the barriers that may limit their potential, uplift their communities, and promote systematic equity. Our 35,000 square foot Center for Community provides over 50 unique classes a week, all free of charge. Facilities include a Maker Shop for engineering and coding; Biology lab for STEM programming and research; Alphabet City Art School for visual arts and crafts; Center for Media and Social Justice for digital media and photography; Sound Studio for music production and our radio station/podcast, WGRL (Where Girl Radio Lives); Design Shop for fashion design; a rooftop farm; full culinary kitchen and cafe; and 64-seat state-of the art, 30-foot dome planetarium.