Edgies Teen Center
We're in the News! Our own Amarilis Perez, Director of the Edgies Teen Center, was featured on NBC New York in a live interview with Chuck Scarborough. Amarilis spoke about the importance of giving back. CLICK HERE TO WATCH IT!
A ‘Home Away From Home’ for Teens
Since our inception in 2005, The Educational Alliance Teen Center (known affectionately as “Edgies Teen Center” or “Edgies” for short) has quickly become a hugely successful center for teens who live or go to school on or near The Lower East Side.
We offer a variety of activities in a healthy, safe, and fun environment -- all free of charge to members. Activities include cooking and nutrition classes, sports, College Prep, and discussion groups.
Our dedicated staff motivates members to develop new skills and interests, improve their grades and academic achievement, and "reach higher" in planning their futures. As a result, many of our teens are achieving today more than they ever thought possible.
As Christina, one of our teens says, "If it weren't for Edgies, I wouldn't have anywhere to go. Instead of hanging out on the street, I'm learning new skills, getting tutoring with schoolwork and I'm working hard to be the first person in my family to go to college!"
Recognition & Awards for Excellence
Edgies Teens have won accolades from national organizations like The Charles Schwab Foundation, Boostup.org, The Boys & Girls Club of America, and the Posse Foundation, which has awarded 4-year, full tuition college scholarships to several of our teens.
In 2011, Edgies Teen Carlos was named "Youth of the Year" for New York State by Boys & Girls Clubs of America
To learn more about Edgies teens who have been featured in national ad campaigns or interviewed by major media outlets, visit the Press Room.
Our Wait List Is Growing - How You Can Help
If Edgies Teen Center didn't exist, many of our teens would have no options when school lets out. But for every teen we help, there's another on a waiting list that we can't accommodate. Learn how you can help us serve more teens.
Above: Members of our High School Graduating Class of 2009, including scholarship & award recipients.