Girls Rising, a nonprofit founded by all-female rock band Antigone Rising, cut the ribbon on its new headquarters in Sea Cliff on Thursday.
The nonprofit dedicated to empowering girls and LGBT children to pursue careers in Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts and Math (STEAM) was founded by rockers Cathy Henderson, Kristen Ellis-Henderson, and Nini Camps. A host of local officials were on hand for the ceremonious ribbon cutting.
“We must provide young women with a strong foundation to empower them and help them grow into successful leaders,” said New York State Sen. Jim Gaughran (D-Northport). “Girls Rising’s new headquarters will assist them with their fantastic work and service to our community, and I am thrilled to be joining them at the opening of their new location.”
Girls Rising also provides creative outlets in the form of music festivals, most recently performing at the Sea Cliff Mini Mart. Grants and scholarships are additionally offered to students in underprivileged school districts.
“We host women from all sorts of fields to speak at our workshops,” said Camps. We’ve had an astronaut, a WNBA player. We try to promote STEM fields.”
Officials were optimistic that the new headquarters would help Girls Rising advance their mission.
“I’m thrilled to see the Girls Rising office opening as it indicates the expansion of such a wonderful organization that empowers young girls to learn skills, gain confidence, and be successful in future endeavors” said Glen Cove City Councilmember Marsha Silverman.
Girls Rising’s new headquarters is located at 247 Sea Cliff Ave. in Sea Cliff. For more information on Girls Rising can be found on their website girlsrising.org