We've been admirers of The Lower Eastside Girls Club for years, connected both by a close friend and by location - our name Loisa is an homage to "Loisaida", the Spanglish name for the Lower Eastside neighborhood in Downtown NYC where we lived while starting this business, and where the organization is (no surprise) headquartered.
If you know, you know, but if you haven't heard what the Girls Club is and has been doing for local youth, prepare to feel some power...
As a community-based organization we work to overcome the fragmentation of youth services through partnerships with non-profit organizations that share our mission, with local businesses, academic institutions, faith-based communities, and with our members’ families. By creating a ‘whole-girl’ approach – emphasizing a broad range of cultural competencies needed for success – curiosity, poise, happiness, resiliency, compassion, health and job readiness – we use more than academic performance to benchmark our impact.
The Lower Eastside Girls Club is training the next generation of ethical, entrepreneurial, and environmental leaders. Girls Club members overcome adversity, perceive opportunity, develop self-confidence, make ethical decisions and healthy life choices, thrive academically, embrace leadership, and have the ability to enter college or the workforce as fully prepared and connected adults.
It's no surprise then, that during challenging times like today, the LESGC is doing everything in their power to support their community.
The COVID-19 pandemic has laid bare the critical service grassroots organizations, like the Girls Club, provide in New York City. Without pause, they've been delivering invaluable support, services and virtual programming to low income families...
In response to COVID-19, the LESGC has:
- Built a ‘virtual’ online Girls Club to enable their staff to continue teaching classes and provide safe social spaces for their members
- Provided online mentoring and tutoring
- Conducted daily check-ins with their members, assessing the needs of each family
- Sent books, art supplies, computers and sewing machines to members
- Are sourcing produce from local organic farms, and distributing food and takeout dinners for families of 4+
- Are launching a virtual series of health and wellness programs. While their forthcoming Family Center for Wellbeing & Happiness will open to the LES community in early 2021, they are excited to pilot a variety of online activities for our community now.
And here are just a few of the messages they've received from families over the past few months:
- "I wanted to extend my gratitude to you and the rest of the staff in this very difficult time you girls are a BEACON OF HOPE, LIGHT and FAITH. DON'T think that for a second your efforts are going unnoticed. I am so grateful for the chef that prepared the food all the way to the person who passed me the box."
- "As I received the laptop and the extra items I felt my heart get so heavy and eyes rapidly filling with water. I’m forever grateful and thank you and your team for all you do in this time of great need."
- "We just wanted to say, THANK YOU AND THANK YOU FOR CARING WE WHOLEHEARTEDLY APPRECIATE IT."
I love what you do and stand for. As a Latina women who has been held back from promotions and opportunities, I am striving to achieve success by starting up a small company that’ll hopefully grow! Muchísimas gracias!