Wellbeing & Happiness
Where self-care becomes community care
Brought to you by the
Lower Eastside Girls Club
Our Core Values
We make space for you to define wellbeing and happiness in your own language, at your own pace, and in your own way. We do not promote any one strategy over others, and we know there are many pathways to wellness.
Bring all of yourself to the space! We affirm all identities and experiences, and we welcome the ways in which they contribute to your individual and collective wellness experience.
We are committed to uplifting the expertise and experience of Black, Indigenous, People of Color (BIPOC) based in the Lower East Side community.
We embrace the exchange of knowledge passed down over generations and gained through life experiences.
Health is influenced by more than just what you eat, how you move, and how often you go to the doctor. Over the years, LESGC developed robust wellness programming, that has included: culinary education, urban farming, dance, yoga, mediation, sexual health education, mental health support and mentorship, and yet we recognized we needed to do more.
In 2017, we began a journey to create a space that could meet our families’ and community’s full needs—from the mental, emotional, spiritual, and social to the economic, environmental, and educational.
As a grassroots community based organization, our founding is rooted in radical imagination and harnessing the power of family and community. Lower East Side residents and grassroots organizations have historically taken care of themselves in the absence of systems that work. LESGC founders are neighborhood mothers, aunts and now grandmothers and we honor their legacy in our vision of change. The Center for Wellbeing & Happiness will be a space grounded in healing justice, where local practitioners and organizers can convene to address harm at its root cause and heal together. Collectively, we are creating a dynamic wellness hub that transforms self-care into community care.
- 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