A gifted Girls Club alum—and FIT grad—shares how the program helped inspire her budding fashion career.
We love NYC—it’s our home and it’s what inspires us every day—so for our #MonthofGiving we wanted to partner with a charity that gives back to our amazing city. The Lower Eastside Girls Club, which helps empower young women and give them opportunities we think every girl deserves, was the perfect fit.
To learn more about how this amazing place is changing lives, we spoke to Christine, a former Girls Club member who thrived in their design program and went on to graduate from New York’s famed design school FIT. She shared some favorite memories @girlsclubny and talked about how they helped make her the accomplished woman she is today.
What’s the most important thing you learned from your time at LESGC?
The strength of womanhood, friendships, and that I can do anything!
Did you have a favorite program?
Yes—Couture Camp with Mary Adams. I learned the fundamentals of sewing and how to use a sewing machine. I made a reversible apron and a makeup bag that I still use today. I was so proud of my work!
Any fun memories you’d like to share?
I had the opportunity to travel with LESGC to New Orleans and help paint a mural for residents affected by Hurricane Katrina. It felt amazing to bring art to the community and to interact with the residents. And I loved the food in New Orleans!
I’m sure the Girls Club members now get a lot out of seeing what you’ve accomplished!
I hope it will inspire them to go after their dreams. Whether that be a career or degree – they can do it. If it weren’t for LESGC, I wouldn’t be the strong woman I am today. They helped me with college prep, career search and overall shaped me to be a well-rounded woman and citizen in society.
HOW YOU CAN MAKE AN IMPACT
Remember – when you shop Parkerny.com anytime this December, 10% of your purchase will benefit the Lower Eastside Girls Club of NY.
SHOP FOR A CAUSE
A little goes a long way.
$50 – Supports The Girls Club’s photography program.
$100 – Supports the wellness program, providing girls with healthy meals every day after school.
$150 – Supports field trips for Girls Club’s leadership programs, which teach members about civic engagement.
$200 – Provides arts supplies for the visual arts program, Alphabet City Art School.
$300 – Provides equipment for The Girls Club’s Sound Studio, where members produce podcasts and music.
GIVING BACK, CHANGING LIVES
91% of girls say the Girls Club helps them learn to set goals, plan ahead, and stay motivated.
89% of girls reported that they are more interested in science, technology, engineering and math after coming to the Girls Club
Want to get involved with the Lower Eastside Girls Club?
Apply to volunteer! https://www.girlsclub.org/volunteer/