The Lower Eastside Girls Club (LESGC) supports young women and gender-expansive youth of color throughout New York City in leveraging their inner power — to shape a better future for themselves, their community, and the world. Through free, year-round, innovative programming, we connect young people with their passions, celebrate their curiosity, and channel their creative energy. Together, we are building a just and equitable future filled with joy, power, and possibility.
Every year, hundreds of youth ages 10–23 visit our facility where we offer after-school, weekend, and summer programming in STEM, arts, digital media, sound, wellness, civic engagement and leadership. Our 35,000 square foot facility includes a maker shop for coding and robotics, an environmental studies lab for STEM exploration, the Alphabet City Art School for visual arts and crafts, the Center for Media and Social Justice for digital media, film, and photography, the sound studio for music production and our radio station/podcast, WGRL (Where Girl Radio Lives), a design studio for fashion and material arts, an expansive and productive rooftop farm, a full culinary education center, and a 64-seat dome planetarium.