In Brief

A girls-only club in the Lower East Side offers a project-based experiential learning model of education for teens and young adults.

The Lower Eastside Girls Club in Manhattan provides a place where girls ages 8-23 can go to learn marketable skills and gain confidence for transitioning into the working world. Founded in 1996 to address ‘the historic lack of services available to girls and women on the Lower Eastside,’ its offerings have evolved over the years to include classes for yoga, photography, and film-making. The club additionally runs several social ventures that provide the girls with working world experience while teaching them marketable skills. These New York City ventures include the Art+Community Gallery, La Tiendita Fair Trade and Girl Made Gift Shop at the Essex Market, Celebrate Cafe at the Bowery Poetry Club, and the Sweet Things Bake Shop.

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