Edgies Teen Center


“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!” — Christina, Teen Center member

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Since 2005, the Teen Center at Manny Cantor Center (known affectionately as “Edgies Teen Center” or “Edgies” for short) has provided a variety of activities for youth who live near or go to school on the Lower East Side in a healthy, safe, and fun environment. Activities include cooking and nutrition classes, sports, College Prep, and discussion groups — all free of charge to members. 

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.


Fall 2016 Teen Center Events & Activities

Our Fall 2016 Teen Center events include recreational activities such as cooking club, spoken word poetry, music production as well comprehensive prep for juniors and seniors, including college trips, one-on-one mentoring, financial aid workshops, and more. Learn more below.

Junior Advisory & SAT Prep | Thursdays | 6-8:30PM. Features SAT Prep, free college trips, spring break college road trips, tips and tricks for senior year.

Senior Advisory | Mondays – Thursdays | 3:30-6PM | Students pick day & time. Features college essay writing, college application process, financial aid workshops, one-on-one mentoring, and more.


Contact: Morgan Little at 646.395.4294


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. 


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