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.
From beginner coding to Arduinos to pre-robotics, Maker Shop offers girls the opportunity to work with role models in the STEM fields while designing and completing creative projects.
The Girls Club’s Lamarr-Lovelace Labs consist of three programs that introduce students to ideas and careers in science and technology. The Maker Shop, WGRL Sound Design Studio and 64 seat East Village Planetarium with 30’ digital dome offer exciting opportunities for school groups and Girls Club members to access hands on science education. Contact us to book a planetarium show for your school… Continue reading STEM Programs
The Girls Club’s new 64 seat East Village Planetarium with 30’ digital dome hosts exciting opportunities in digital dome education, astro-physics and earth/space science exploration for school groups and Girls Club members. Contact us to book a planetarium show for your school group! Photo by Evan Sung for The New York Times
Girls participate in digital photography, video production and editing, audio engineering, sound design, and graphic design programs. Documentary video and graphic design programs teach visual media, marketing and storytelling. Our WGRL – Where Girl Radio Lives! Internet Radio station is now online! The sound studio at WGRL hosts a variety of programs, the centerpiece of which is the recording… Continue reading Digital and Audio Arts / WGRL
Dance, movement and nutrition classes are offered in our new Baker Hall center for community. At Clare’s Café girls have free healthy snacks and meals every day. Nurse educators and nutritionists teach girls how to prepare and shop for healthy food for themselves and their families.
Teen members have access to a variety of resources that help them pave the way for college and career success. Career training/internships, mentoring and topic-specific conferences introduce girls to career pathways and real world opportunities. Programs also include financial literacy and service learning. Photo by Leslie Hassler
Media making and social justice education are a vital component of Girls Club programming. Our Center for Media & Social Justice programs help girls become passionate, conscious citizens – ready to take on the challenges of 21st Century society.
Girls Club members participate in an array of environmental education and community health activities. Girls Gone Green introduces girls to urban farming and food justice. The BioBus runs a biology science lab on site at the Girls Club, offering cell biology and earth science programs to girls and public school groups. We also run a… Continue reading Environmental Education
Tween Academy is a rigorous after-school academic support program for younger girls. Private tutoring, enrichment activities and special conferences are arranged for all participants. Literacy support and pre-career exploration, mixed with supportive experiential activities, help lay the groundwork for future success in Middle/High School and beyond. Photo by Leslie Hassler
Alphabet City Arts programs include painting, drawing, fashion design, multi-media arts, screen printing and art history. The Monthly Museum Club mentoring program and Art History 101 programs engage girls in cultural studies at galleries and museums around NYC. Our Art+Community Gallery at 402 E. 8th Street is a site for curatorial training and women’s artwork.
Volunteer mentors are paired with Girls Club members through our monthly Museum Club, Culture Club and Crafty Chica Saturday programs. Mentors also provide internship opportunities, cultural experiences, and financial support to the organization through the Angel Alliance committee. Find out more about becoming a mentor here.
Our small businesses earn income to support job training and community economic development initiatives. La Tiendita is our fair trade and girl-made gift shop at the historic Essex Market, located at 120 Essex at Delancey Street. Sales from La Tiendita support our partner Girls Clubs in Chiapas, Nepal, Glasgow and Sierra Leone. The Sweet Things Bake Shop trains girls and young… Continue reading We Mean Business
Girls Club summer programs include Space Camp, Beatz by Girls DJ Camp, Alphabet City Arts School and a week at our Girls Gone Green sleepaway camp in the Adirondack Mountains. We also organize special field trips around, and outside of NYC, in addition to themed conferences (Money Matters), and congresses with partner groups (POP:Power of Peace Anti-Violence… Continue reading Summer Programs
The Lower Eastside Girls Club supports girl-based partnerships around the globe! Shine on Sierra Leone House With a Heart, Nepal Glasgow Girls Club Club Balam, Chiapas Perfect Ten, Hudson YaYas, New Orleans Girls Club members have the opportunity to communicate virtually with our sister programs, and take cultural exchange trips once a year. Photo by Diana… Continue reading Girls Club Worldwide
Our GALA: Girls As Activists, Leaders and Advocates program engages young women in activities that build social justice awareness and leadership skills. GALA programs include community organizing around anti-violence and voter registration; advocating for environmental justice and stewardship; and fusing passion with advocacy.