Groove with Me, Charity of the Day
Groove with Me is a charity organization located in New York City that offers free dance classes and programs to underprivileged young girls. The goal is to give them a safe place where they can express themselves and develop the self-esteem, confidence, and leadership skills necessary to be successful later in life. The program is run by volunteer dance teachers and program directors who encourage the girls to develop cooperation skills, creativity, pride, and discipline, building the skills they'll need to face adversity. Many of the girls see improvements in grades, mood, conflict management, and school attendance as a result of being in the program. Originally founded in 1996, currently Groove with Me Inc serves 220 students spread over two locations -- one on the Lower East Side and one in Spanish Harlem.