The Lower Eastside Girls Club (LESGC) is amplifying the collective power of the community and cultivating a new generation of change agents.
Amidst these days of outrage, despair, and exhaustion, we reaffirm our commitment to antiracism and all forms of oppression, and passionately declare that #blacklivesmatter. LESGC has fought for racial, gender and socio-economic justice for nearly 25 years and we won’t stop now.
The Girls Club is elevating the power of girl’s voices and leadership, promoting the strength of sisterhood, and providing young womxn with the tools and experiences they need to overcome barriers that may limit their potential.
We support our members as they make sense of the chaotic world around them, developing their own lens to analyze and question the root causes of the challenges our communities are facing. They are trained to use Art as a tool of Activism; through photography, music, film and digital media, and so much more, girls learn to process and reflect upon their experiences through creative expression.
Our 35,000 sf state-of-the-art community center offers a safe haven with programs— offered at no cost to girls and their families— in the arts, sciences, leadership, civic engagement, advocacy/ community organizing, entrepreneurship, and wellness for girls in middle and high school.
Facilities include a Maker Shop for engineering and coding; Biology lab for STEM programming focused on earth and ocean 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.
Coming Soon: The Center for Wellbeing and Happiness
As we were founded in 1996, LESGC now serves over hundreds of girls and young women aged 10-23 annually. And now, our hope is to serve even more people in the Lower East Side community via the Center for Wellbeing & Happiness!
We place a priority on healthy bodies and healthy minds: the building blocks of a healthy community. When it comes to wellness, we recognize that we have to be the intermediary that does the work if we truly want to see change in our neighborhood. Research shows that lifestyle changes at the community level can have a major impact.
With over twenty years’ experience cultivating the holistic wellbeing and success of members, we recognize that the health of the girls and women we serve is intricately connected to the overall health of her family, her immediate and local community and her world. The Center for Wellbeing and Happiness will center the intergenerational needs of our community by strategically addressing the social determinants of health that impact us the most.
Our virtual hub is debuting this fall, followed by the Center’s opening in 2021.