Lower East Side Girls Club

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402 E 8th Street New York, NY 10009

The Lower Eastside Girls Club connects girls and young women to healthy and successful futures.

Our state-of-­the-­art community center offers a safe haven with programs in the arts, sciences, leadership, entrepreneurship, and wellness for middle and high school girls. 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. We offer over 50 unique programs a week, at no cost to girls and their families.

Lower Eastside Girls Club’s breaks the cycle of poverty by training the next generation of ethical, entrepreneurial, and environmental leaders. Girls Club members overcome adversity, perceive opportunity, develop self-confidence, make ethical decisions and healthy life choices, thrive academically, embrace leadership, and have the ability to enter college or the workforce as fully prepared and connected adults.

Programs for Youth

Programs are offered at no cost to Middle and High School girls and their families, who live or go to school in the Lower East Side and East Village, with priority enrollment offered to girls who live in the community.  Enrollment takes place in September and January for the school year, and summer programs are offered to girls who participate in our school year program. If your child goes to school or lives in the Lower East Side or East Village, please complete a Membership Inquiry form and we will get back to you when a spot opens up.

To learn more about our programs, ways to connect with us, or to schedule a visit, please contact: Jenny Dembrow, Managing Director for Programs and Community Affairs. jenny@girlsclub.org or Erikka James, Managing Director, Social Justice, Leadership and National Programs, erikka@girlsclub.org