East Village Dance Project

EAST VILLAGE DANCE PROJECT (EVDP), offers classes in modern, ballet, pointe, improvisation and beginning choreography. The program has been recognized for its innovative approach to dance and education, and for offering pre-professional classes to all, regardless of social or economic situation.

The EVDP Teen Company is a pre-professional audition-based performance troupe based at the Avenue C Studio in the heart of the Lower Manhattan. Now entering its tenth year, the company offers a platform for area teens to perform original, student generated choreography as well as repertory from talented guest choreographers.

*Because of the skills demanded by the work the company performs, students are encouraged to have taken over two years of continuous dance training.


Discounts, Scholarships and Internships are also available.

Details here: http: http://eastvillagedanceproject.com/teencompany/


Reading Partners

Reading Partners is dedicated to transforming struggling young readers into confident readers who are excited about learning.

How we do it:
– Focus on children from low-income communities
– Give one-on-one instruction at the student’s reading level
– Recruit and train community volunteers to work with children
– Partner with high-need elementary schools to offer an effective program on campus
– Provide a way for volunteers to give a small amount of their time to make a huge difference in a child’s life.

PS 188 – The Island School Reading Center:
Located on the lower east side of Manhattan East Houston Street near Avenue D at Lillian Wald Dr.
The reading center is located on campus in room 301.
This center operates Monday through Thursday from 9am-5pm.
Lower East Side Reading Center
Application: Rolling

 More details here: http://readingpartners.org/location/new-york-city/

The Lower East Side Ecology Center

The Ecology Center works toward a more sustainable New York City by providing community-based recycling and composting programs, developing local stewardship of green space, and increasing community awareness, involvement and youth development  through environmental education programs.  For details, visit http://www.lesecologycenter.org/

Compost Volunteer Opportunity

Calling all compost volunteers! We’re hosting volunteer workdays at our East River Park Compost Yard every Monday from 9AM-1PM. We rely on volunteers to help divert food scraps from landfills and build awareness about composting. Volunteer tasks include chopping and raking food scraps to be composted, sifting finished compost, and much more.

You provide the elbow grease, we provide gloves and other gear. You can sign up on our Eventbrite page or contact Xander if you’re ready to become a composting champion for NYC: xander@lesecologycenter.org

Grand Street Settlement: Teen Programs

Project  SOL (Speak Out Loud)

Project Speak Out Loud! (PSOL) is a peer education program supported by queer youth of color ages 14-24 and their allies. Peer educators provide free sexuality education workshops that are sex-positive, comprehensive, and inclusive to community members throughout NYC. PSOL’s goal is to build LGBTQ+ cultural competency through a reproductive justice lens and provide safer spaces in NYC for black and brown LGBTQ+ youth to express themselves and be heard!

For more info contact psol@grandsettlement.org


Grand St. Settlement’s AmeriCorps team brings over 30 youth together to lead initiatives and service projects while building job skills and experience.

Summer Camp

The tradition of summer camp has been alive at Grand St. Settlement for nearly 100 years. It’s a time of expanded horizons and new knowledge, and is considered to be the most important time of year to keep youth learning and safe.


Grand St. Settlement offers afterschool programming as part of the Comprehensive After School System (COMPASS), a nationally acclaimed network for school aged youth from kindergarten through high school graduation. From homework help and mentoring to robotics, dance and recreation, there is always a lot going on.

For more details on these programs and more, visit : https://www.grandsettlement.org

Henry Street Settlement

Founded in 1893, Henry Street Settlement delivers a wide range of social service, arts and health care programs to more than 50,000 New Yorkers each year. Henry Street challenges the effects of urban poverty by helping families achieve better lives for themselves and their children.

Henry Street’s Youth Services Division serves emphasizes the importance of academic success while promoting social skills, leadership qualities and emotional well-being. All programs focus on educating, encouraging and enriching the lives of the young person and his/her support network.

Internships: http://www.henrystreet.org/get-involved/internship-and-individual/

Volunteer: http://www.henrystreet.org/get-involved/volunteer/

Health & Wellness Programs: www.henrystreet.org/health-wellness


Educational Alliance: Teen Programs

The Educational Alliance currently serves 50,000 New Yorkers annually via 39 programs, including preschools, camps, after school programs, senior centers, health & wellness programs, arts & culture classes, counseling services, and addiction recovery programs.

All programs feature intergenerational and cross-cultural activities — bringing together people from different backgrounds and age groups, so they can learn from and with each other.

  • Educational Alliance’s Afterschool Programs on the Lower East Side and East Village provide almost 1900 youth a safe place to go during after school hours, including school holidays and summer.  Each of our nine sites is also a Boys & Girls Club.
  • Jewish Youth Club: Our Jewish Youth Club is a long-standing Educational Alliance program that serves youth ages 6 to 18 from the local Jewish community. We provide an important place for youth to learn, exercise, and socialize, and we offer programming that includes academic support, leadership development, guest speakers and recreation.
  • The KOL ProgramThe KOL program at the 14th Street Y offers Saturday recreational programming for children aged four to seventeen with special needs and their families. Launched in 2010 as a pilot program with just two offerings, KOL has grown to offer a variety of classes in sports, aquatics and the arts.

For details, visit: https://edalliance.org/our-programs/program-areas/education/

The Lower East Side Girls Club

The Lower Eastside Girls Club 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. By delivering strong arts, literacy, science, health and leadership programs we provide girls with the vision to plan – and the tools to build – their future. All Girls Club programs develop environmental, entrepreneurial and ethical leadership in the girls we serve.

Girls Club programs fall into three overlapping categories that work to build Ethical,Entrepreneurial and Environmental awareness and leadership. Through an ever changing and age appropriate menu of activities and workshops in the arts, science and technology, health and wellness, literacy, world of work and civic engagement, we help girls discover what their individual skills and passions are, and then work with them to develop these interests to their full potential.

For more information, visit: https://www.girlsclub.org/