Groove With Me, Inc.

Rating: 4.86 stars   29 reviews

Issues: Arts & Culture, Children & Youth, Education

Location: 186 E. 123rd St. 2nd Fl. New York NY 10035 USA

Mission: Groove With Me, Inc. is a youth development organization using free dance classes and performance opportunities as a tool to instill in the young women of East Harlem the leadership, pride, spirit of cooperation, creativity, joy and discipline needed to confront the adversity in their daily lives and throughout their future development. The program seeks to decrease teen pregnancy, truancy, crime, violence, prostitution, substance abuse and gang related activity by nurturing youth, building self-confidence, offering positive choices, and providing a safe place to go. Groove With Me, Inc. is a community based organization that provides girls with access to girls-only after-school and summer programming. As a youth development program Groove With Me seeks to meet the developmental needs of our youth while building up their competencies. Our dance program is guided by the recognition that all youth need safety and structure, a sense of belonging, opportunities for contribution and leadership, and ways to develop positive character. At Groove With Me, girls develop positive peer relationships, participate in creative activities, feel a sense of purpose and personal power, and meet their own high expectations. Only one quarter of youth programming in New York City is targeted at girls. While programming for boys and men exceeds that for girls and women in NYC, the increased risk for girls continues. A study by the New York Women's Foundation states that youth who are best able to negotiate the trials of growing up even in the harshest of circumstances often have an adult in their lives who provides sustained support, caring, and guidance. It is not poverty, as many believe, that is the greatest cause of substance abuse, teen pregnancy, and violence in women. It is lack of validation and knowledge of options. At Groove With Me girls find the support they need from adults who are role models and mentors. Girls' access to after school activities is impeded by safety, household responsibilities, lack of programming targeting girls, lack of outreach by women role models, and peer pressure. Groove With Me addresses these obstacles by offering a large selection of class times and styles of dance that are separated into various age groups. Groove With Me, Inc. offers more than 35 dance classes for girls aged 4-18, six days a week, given by 40 volunteer dance instructors.
Target demographics: East Harlem girls and young women ages 4-18 years-old
Geographic areas served: East Harlem, NY
Programs: There are 36 free weekly classes in hip hop, jazz, tap, ballet, theater, Nia, belly-dancing, Afro-Caribbean, movement, and funk. In addition to our dance programs, Groove With Me offers a Teen Leadership Program to our high school girls. Through weekly meetings, writing assignments, and group activities participants learn what leadership means. They then put that knowledge into action as they are given the opportunity to volunteer as teen teaching assistants for some of the younger classes at Groove With Me. The young women of TLC become role models to our younger girls and are empowered to make a difference in the lives of others and in their community.
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Rating: 5 stars  

My daughter has been attending groove with me since she was 4 years old. My daughter loves this school and the teachers are amazing. All of the staff are friendly and are so helpful with everything. My daughter has learned so much and loves being a part of such a wonderful organization. My daughter loves performing and enjoys dancing with her team of friends. It is also great to watch them while they practice. The teachers are very organized and respectful especially towards the children. I see my child still attending Groove with me for a very long time.

Will you volunteer or donate to this organization?

Definitely

How much of an impact do you think this organization has?

Life-changing

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2013

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Rating: 5 stars  

Groove with me is an amazing dance school. My daughter is around positive and beautiful talented dance teacher. The staff are very nice and helpful. They have books in there waiting room so your child can read while waiting for her dance class. The parents are friendly too, I admire everything they have done for us. my daughter was in another dance school that i payed for and was treated poorly. I am so thankful for GROOVE WITH ME!!! It is an awesome place, i recommend all girls to attend.

How would you describe the help you got from this organization?

Life-changing

How likely are you to recommend this organization to a friend?

Definitely

How do you feel you were treated by this organization?

Very Well

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2013

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Rating: 5 stars  

Groove with Me is an awesome program. My daughter was attending a dance school that I was paying for and she preferred Groove with Me. The founder is very nice caring and professional. The staff shows genuine interest in all the girls that attend which is awesome.
I'm excited about sending my daughter back in the Fall since she was unable to attend the summer session.

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

An expansion into the surrounding boroughs of NYC

How would you describe the help you got from this organization?

A lot

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Definitely

How do you feel you were treated by this organization?

Very Well

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2013

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Rating: 5 stars  

My daughter has been attending Groove With Me for 2 years now. I'm so blessed to have find this free program! My daughter's passion for dancing has grown tremendously. Meredith is always sharing valuable information about programs and events going on in the city. I look forward to her emails :-)

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

improve the registration process.

How would you describe the help you got from this organization?

Life-changing

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Definitely

How do you feel you were treated by this organization?

Very Well

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2013

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Rating: 5 stars  

I've been a ballet teacher & Board Member at Groove with Me for 3 years. In this short amount of time, I have seen our adorable girls blossom from the encouragement, love and support they receive from their dance classes and the staff. This organization is a magical place. I have witnessed time and time again how the power of movement, friendship and a sense of accomplishment (from learning dance steps) can directly impact the mood, attitude & behavior of our students. I feel very blessed to be a part of this organization and look forward to helping it grow.

Will you volunteer or donate to this organization beyond what is required of board members?

Definitely

How much of an impact do you think this organization has?

Life-changing

Will you tell others about this organization?

Definitely

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2012

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Rating: 5 stars  

fun friendly encouraging environment and staff. Great shows and always sending out valuable info!

How would you describe the help you got from this organization?

Life-changing

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Definitely

How do you feel you were treated by this organization?

Very Well

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2012

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Rating: 5 stars  

I have been involved with Groove With Me for almost eight years now and every minute of it has been a blessing. It's inevitable that you become part of the family the minute you walk in to their studio. In January 2005, I began teaching as an assistant and that summer was given my own class. I continued as a volunteer, often loving it more than my paid jobs, and in 2009, joined GWM staff as the Program Coordinator for the Teen Leadership Committee. For three years, I was fortunate to work with such amazing young women, who continue to inspire me today. These experiences have given me the strength to now pursue my own dreams in life. My involvement still hasn't changed, as I continue to teach my wonderful group of teens. I'm sure I'm not the only one with a story or who has fallen in love with this organization. Groove With Me will always be more than just a dance studio. It's a home away from home.

Would you volunteer for this group again?

Definitely

For the time you spent, how much of an impact did you feel your work or activity had?

Life-changing

Did the organization use your time wisely?

Very Well

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Definitely

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2012

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Rating: 5 stars  

Gets kids moving and having FUN! Fantastic dance training helps build self esteem and teaches them how to make healthy life choices at an early age. All around a great organization.

How does this organization compare with others in the same sector?

Very Well

How much of an impact do you think this organization has?

Life-changing

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Definitely

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2012

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Rating: 5 stars  

I started teaching at Groove With Me at the very beginning in 1997. I have seen this program go from 6 beautiful little girls to almost 300 beautiful little girls and beautiful young ladies. I am proud to be a member of the Board and to have served as the Chairwoman for 5 years, but mostly I am proud of Groove With Me and what they do everyday for their girls.

Will you volunteer or donate to this organization beyond what is required of board members?

Definitely

How much of an impact do you think this organization has?

Life-changing

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Definitely

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2012

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Rating: 5 stars  

Groove With Me is truly a top notch organization. The skilled and caring staff coupled with the dedicated and talented teachers ensures a wonderful experience for the girls.

How does this organization compare with others in the same sector?

Very Well

How much of an impact do you think this organization has?

A lot

Will you recommend this organization to others?

Definitely

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2012

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