Center for Wellbeing & Happiness
Where self-care becomes community care
Brought to you by the
Lower Eastside Girls Club
Our Core Values
We are committed to providing free wellness programming for and by Lower East Side community residents
To create joy, connection,harness the collective power of our community
To promote self-care strategies that directly sustain, support and revitalize our community
To provide space, tools, and resources for skills, talents, and passions to flourish
Long before the COVID-19 pandemic, the Girls Club recognized the significant flaws of the health system and the major health disparities experienced by the Lower East Side community. For the last 25 years, the Girls Club worked to counter these challenges by connecting Black and Brown girls and gender nonconforming youth to healthy and successful futures. The Girls Club addressed institutional inequities and health disparities in our community with robust wellness programming, including: a girl-run CSA (community-supported agriculture) and culinary training program, our annual walk-a-thon and community health fair, classes such as run club, nutrition, food science, gardening, dance, yoga, mediation, sexual health education, and peer mentoring.
With the onset of COVID-19 in 2020, the need for the Center for Wellbeing and Happiness became more urgent than ever. As the pandemic deepened the challenges the Lower East Side had been dealing with for decades, we began offering virtual programming to bolster the wellbeing of the community. In late 2021, we plan to launch our in-person programming at our new space on Avenue D.
- Feedback on the Center from Lower East Side community members
- Talented community-based instructors who want to teach a class
- Partner organizations with experience serving the Lower East Side community that want to collaborate with us