Scottish model Amy Rewcastle to launch inspiring New York youth organization in Glasgow to inspire young women to succeed

A FORMER model stepped off the catwalk to help New York girls make their dreams come true.

Amy Rewcastle, 32, left Scotland where she was in high demand on camera and now spends her time working with girls from some of the poorer parts of the Big Apple.

Amy is now based in New York City where she lives with her fiance Raul Gonzalez and is the official Global Ambassador for the Lower East Side Girls Club.

And the work she did there prompted her to start a similar business in Glasgow.

Amy said, “The Lower East Side Girls Club was established about 15 years ago to work with girls in the area.

“The Lower East Side of Manhattan has many low-income families and there are challenges to overcome.

“The club was created to help facilitate the development of girls ages eight to 18 with motivation, entrepreneurship workshops, ethics awareness, and to teach them how to support and collaborate with each other. with the others.

“They are doing a lot of amazing things here.”

Amy, from Kilmarnock, was a model for nine years before retraining as a hypnotherapist.

She moved to New York City last year after deciding she wanted to indulge in a passion for travel. And she already had a connection with the LES Girls Club.

She said: “I have always traveled. My father is half American and my stepmother Beverly Bronson has an orphanage in Nepal.

“I was so inspired by the work she does. He is a humanitarian person.

“She’s English but lived in New York for 40 years and spent time in Nepal.

“She basically started her own orphanage there and built it from scratch – not with her own hands but with the support of many different companies and investors.

“They helped her found the orphanage about 13 years ago. She spends six months of the year there and the rest in New York.

“The Nepalese orphanage is in partnership with the LES Girls Club, so that was the connection and how I came across this amazing organization.

“It made sense for me to spend more time in New York.”

The LES club is an impressive, specially designed center that includes a kitchen where girls can learn to cook, bathrooms with intricate girl-designed mosaics, a dance studio, an art room, a health center and more. wellness center and a library.

There is also a music room with its own DJ learning space and recording studio while the Science and Environmental Education Center has a planetarium and a rooftop garden.

Actress Rosario Dawson attends the inauguration of the Lower Eastside Girls Club in October 2010 in New York City.

Almost as soon as Amy started working at LES Girls Club, the bosses were so impressed that they suggested she branch out and consider opening her own branch in Glasgow.

Since September of last year, she has been hosting a series of workshops and classes for girls in the Maryhill area of ​​the city.

She hopes the Glasgow Girls Club, which will be based in the Burgh Halls, will be up and running by November.

Amy said: “It’s funny that even though I wanted to travel from Glasgow, now I’m going to go back.

“We will be the first Girls Club in Glasgow. But it’s not a franchise – it’s a brotherhood.

“You can’t turn a fraternity into a business, but there are a lot of businesses supporting projects, so there’s a lot of investment in what we do.

“It’s about sustainability and being able to do something from scratch.

“The Girls Club started out using a lot of small rooms and halls before having their first purpose built site last year. We can do great things.

From her current base in the Big Apple, Amy has already started working with a number of Scottish projects and youth organizations such as Depot Arts in Possilpark and New Rhythms in Glasgow, which encourage creativity in young people.

She said: “There’s quite a bit of crossover. We do crafts and fill a lot of the gaps in what is provided for young people.

“At the moment, we are working with girls aged 12 to 16. We haven’t been able to secure funding yet, so we’re starting small.

Back in New York City, Amy and the girls have worked on creating a quilt that they hope to auction to raise funds.

The fabric was donated by the Scottish textile company Timorous Beasties.

Amy said, “The girls put all the little pieces together and the end result is phenomenal.

“We are planning to auction it and you can see it on our Facebook page. It is worth over $ 1000.

The club regularly has guest motivational speakers, including Hillary and Chelsea Clinton, who revealed she is expecting her first child.

He also has celebrity backing in the form of Tyra Banks, host of America’s Next Top Model, and Sin City actress Rosario Dawson. Former model Tyra is so impressed with the project that she has her own space at LES Club where she offers advice to girls.

Rosario is delighted that the concept is coming to Scotland soon.

She said: “I am very proud to be a member of the Board of Directors of the Lower East Side Girls Club and I cannot tell you how delighted I am that a sister organization is now opening up, the Glasgow Girls. Club.”

Amy is hoping to be able to recruit big names to support her Glasgow club and plans to organize exchange trips between New York and here.

She said: “Tyra Banks is quite practical and actively involved in the management of the club.

“Who knows if she’ll be involved in the Scottish side of things? We can have our own version of Tyra Banks here.

“We are also planning to create exchange programs for girls in New York and Glasgow to provide cultural education.

“It’s not just about telling them about places, it’s about being able to bring them to New York and bring girls from here to Glasgow.

“What Scots don’t realize is that everyone has this incredible admiration and attraction for Scottish culture and that escapes us a bit.

“The girls from New York can’t wait to come to Glasgow and are so excited.

“I can’t imagine how the girls from Maryhill will feel who have never traveled outside of Glasgow.

“Just knowing that there is a girl like them here in New York City who can’t wait to meet them is something else.”