Center for Wellbeing & Happiness

Where self-care becomes community care

Brought to you by the
Lower Eastside Girls Club

Our Vision

A vibrant culture that supports the full health and wellbeing of all generations and genders in the Lower East Side

Our Mission

To strategically address the wellbeing and health disparities faced by our community, utilizing intentional, trauma-informed, holistic programming rooted in community-centered resilience, prevention, recovery, and self-reliance

Our Core Values

Create

We are committed to providing free wellness programming for and by Lower East Side community residents

Celebrate

To create joy, connection,harness the collective power of our community

Care

To promote self-care strategies that directly sustain, support and revitalize our community

Nurture

To provide space, tools, and resources for skills, talents, and passions to flourish

Our History

The Center for Wellbeing and Happiness, an initiative of the Lower East Side Girls Club, provides free wellness programs to Lower East Side community members of all generations and genders.

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.

In 2018, the Girls Club set out to do more. With support from the New York City Council, the Girls Club conducted a community health needs assessment that highlighted gaps in mental, emotional, social, economic, environmental, and educational wellness. In 2019, the Girls Club acquired 5,000 square feet of recently vacated commercial space, adjacent to the Girls Club’s existing Center for Community on Avenue D, to become the future Center for Wellbeing and Happiness.

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.

Get Involved

Tell us what community care looks like.
The Center for Wellbeing and Happiness is committed to providing free wellness programming for and by Lower East Side community members. To fulfill this mission, we are actively seeking:
  • 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
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