Educational Alliance brings together and partners with diverse communities in Lower Manhattan, offering individuals and families high-quality, multi-generational programs and services that enhance their well-being and socioeconomic opportunities. We are the town square for the Lower East Side, a place where everyone is welcome and where progress is powered one relationship at a time. We are proud of our legacy as a Jewish organization and we provide high-quality, transformational services and programs to all New Yorkers through our network of community centers on Manhattan’s Lower East Side and East Village. As we have for 130 years, we offer best-in-class programming–now across 15 sites—focusing on a mix of education, health and wellness, arts and culture, and civic engagement.

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Education is foundational to our mission and core to each of the programs we offer. We provide New York families access to high-quality educational experiences—whether they be early childhood programs, job training, or college prep classes—and we fight for systemic change that eliminates the root cause of opportunity gaps in our community.

Featured Programs

2Gen Head Start
Edgies Teen Center College and Career Readiness
Employment and Career Development Services

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We support the health and wellness of our community through a range of programming, from mindfulness classes to addiction recovery services, state-of-the art fitness centers to meals for seniors—and much more.

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Manny Cantor Fitness Center
Project ORE
Center for Recovery and Wellness

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Arts and culture are integral parts of all our programming. We focus on fostering creativity in the arts for people of all ages and abilities, and we are proud to be a part of New York City’s rich history as a cultural capital of the world.

Featured Programs

Educational Alliance Art School
LABA/rts
14th Street Y Theater

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Civic participation allows New Yorkers to improve their own communities. We believe in partnership, not patronage, and we strive to empower Educational Alliance constituents by providing opportunities to increase civic knowledge and organize around issues that are important to the communities we serve.

Featured Programs

We the People Initiative Against Hate
Citizenship classes and voter registration
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