A Benefit For The Lower Eastside Girls Club

5 May 2015

Dear Friends,

We are writing to bring to your attention an organization that is very close to our heart—and our feet.

Since 1996 The Lower Eastside Girls Club (LESGC) has been providing innovative, community-based holistic programs and services for girls and young women. Due to the hardworking staff of men and women—but mostly women—we have witnessed firsthand their growth and positive impact on the community they serve. 

As New York has gentrified and reinvented itself—sometimes for the better, sometimes not—it is, perhaps, important to realize that our city’s quality of life “improvements” have not equally improved the quality of life for all its residents.

The Lower Eastside Girls Club will be hosting their annual benefit May 20th at The Bowery Hotel. You can purchase tickets here. If you are unable to attend but would like to donate or receive more information you can contact Anna Gonick, Manager of Donor Relations and Special Projects: anna@girlsclub.org

We hope to see you at the benefit on May 20th,

The Editors at Grey

About The Lower Eastside Girls Club 

Since 1996 The Lower Eastside Girls Club (LESGC) has been providing innovative, community-based holistic programs and services for girls and young women.

The mission of LESGC is to break the cycle of local poverty by training the next generation of ethical, entrepreneurial and environmental leaders.

The LESGC provides a place where girls and young women 8-23 can grow, learn, have fun, and develop confidence in themselves and their ability to make a difference in the world.

In 2013 the LESGC moved into a permanent Center for Community on Avenue D – 30,000 sq feet of new state-of-the-art program space dedicated to the advancement of girls, and the neighborhood at large.

Mentoring, wellness, arts, academic support and career training programs share space with community programming, STEM initiatives, and environmental and social justice advocacy. The LESGC also runs several social venture businesses that offer job training and employment opportunities for teens and young mothers: The Art+Community Gallery, La Tiendita Fair Trade and Girl Made Gift Shop at the Essex Market, Celebrate Cafe, and the Sweet Things Bake Shop.

The Community They Serve

Latinos constitute 1/4 of the entire community population. According to the 2010 census, the Lower East Side population is 34% Asian, 32% white non-Hispanic, 25% Hispanic, 7% Black/African American, 2% mixed. Notably the youth population of the LES is even more diverse with 37.2% Hispanic/Latino, 35.9% Asian, 13.3% White, and 10.7% Black. Poverty rates in the LES remain some of the highest in the city despite an influx in affluent residents. In fact, the Lower East Side has the third highest number of young people living in poverty in Manhattan, with 39.6% of young people living in poverty.  Moreover, 47.3% of LES residents are on some form income support (5,793 on TANF, 13,654 on SSI, and 57,760 on Medicaid). Around 30% of LES residents live in households whose incomes fall below $19,000. The census tracts along the East River, directly across from the Girls Club, indicate that in 2010 over half of families with children had incomes which fell below the poverty line

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