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Cool Girls relies on dedicated staff, volunteers and mentors who help girls discover their passion, nurture their talents and succeed in life. Learn more

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It’s time to turn Atlanta Hot Pink

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We’re gearing up for the celebration of the year. Our annual ‘Cool Girls become Cool Women’ Hot Pink Party is painting our city Hot Pink. We are excited to celebrate 27 years of service to over 6,000 girls in the Atlanta community. Our Hot Pink Party is a time where we gather donors, volunteers and friends of Cool Girls to recognize the achievements of our Cool Woman of the Year, Cool Volunteer of the Year and Cool Girl of the Year.

This cocktail (adult-only) event features live music, food, specialty drinks, live and silent auctions and a dance party with DJ Kan’t Stop. All funds raised benefit our life-changing programs which include: Girls Clubs, Cool Scholars, Cool Sisters and Cool Connections. This year alone, we will Encourage, Educate and Empower over 350 participants and inspire them to change their world.

Corporate and individual sponsorship opportunities as well as ticket sales can be purchased by clicking here: www.thecoolgirlshotpinkparty.com . If your company is interested in donating to our live or silent auctions please submit an online donation form here: www.thecoolgirlshotpinkparty.com .

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Mentoring in Real Life

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Cool Sisters taking a photo break at our 7th Annual Pink Pin Bowl!

In real life, who do you turn to? This is the question that 9 million children cannot answer. This is also why The National Mentoring Partnership has chosen to kickoff National Mentoring Month focusing on Mentoring In Real Life. The goal is to make sure children have a caring adult to turn to in order to gain guidance and support to help them make everyday choices which lead to life’s biggest decisions and outcomes.

Our Cool Sisters would like to challenge you to become a Mentor in Real Life. Be the change you wish to see by inspiring a young person today. Hear from a few of our Cool Sisters about why they choose to create positive change in their communities.

“Being a Cool Sister isn’t about making yourself feel good; rather it’s about empowering others to feel good about themselves, reminding them of their greatest qualities and characteristics, helping them realize their dreams and see beyond their circumstances and most importantly being a Cool Sister is about having fun!”        -Shonda

“I want to make a difference in [her] life; I want her to become a well rounded and educated, self-empowering  young lady. I want her to one day be a role model to plenty as I am a role model to her. That is my goal and mission, and I plan on staying in [her] life through college and beyond.”         -Monique

Is mentoring right for you? If so, click here to become a Cool Sister mentor today!

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Cool Scholars take over UGA

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During Columbus Day break our Cool Scholars toured their sixth University this year as they made the hour and a half trek to Athens. Our tour of the University of Georgia was indeed special as we were led by UGA alumni and Cool Girls volunteer of the year, Lisa Tolliver.

We completed a walking tour of campus where we learned about the 23 Rhodes Scholars the school has produced as well as the hysterical history of how Ugga the school mascot came to be.  The highlight of the day for the girls was seeing Cool Girls Scholarship recipient Linda Lowe fully engulfed in student life as she was chatting with friends in the student center.  Linda joined the girls at lunch and discussed her fears, triumphs and learning experiences as a UGA freshman.

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Merci!

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Our Annual Holiday Shopping Day was a huge success because of YOU! Corporate and community volunteers and parents provided winter accessories, clothes and toys for 209 Cool Girls.  ‘Christmas in Paris’ brought joy and cheer to all who participated. Cool Girls learned the value of gratitude and appreciation for all they received during the event and also were encouraged to select an item for a family member to give as a gift teaching the importance of giving to others. 

We are still in awe of the financial contributions and support from 93 volunteers representing companies and civic groups from: Delta, Bank of America, Kutak Rock, Versona Boutique, SunTrust, Honda,Women’s Energy Network, AALA and Publix.  Your contributions made the day of shopping, dancing, French immersion and lunch possible and brought merriment to our participants and their families.

       Merci beaucoup!

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Girls Who Code

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Girls Who Code Graduation – McNair Middle School Cool Girls with Girls Who Code Volunteers

The McNair Middle School Girls Club was a little different this year as Girls Who Code piloted their technology program in an effort to encourage girls to explore technology and engineering careers.  After six months of weekly coding instruction, Girls Who Code awarded participants with a certificate of completion for their hard work and diligence in learning how to code.

The girls worked with Scratch, a beginner computer coding program, and had the opportunity to create their own interactive computer game, greeting card, and animation using various commands given by the instructors.  Many girls said that they were happy to have had the chance to be involved with Girls Who Code and plan to continue working with Scratch and continue building their own game.

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Atlanta – a Tale of Two Cities – Rich Thrive as Poor Continue to Struggle

 

By Tanya Egins, executive director of Cool Girls, Inc.

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In the last year, Site Selection MagazineArea Development Magazine and CNBC named Georgia the #1 state for doing business.

The Metro Atlanta Chamber boasts of 16 Fortune 500 companies in the region. Many other substantial companies, with thousands of well-paid jobs, have headquarters here.

This is good news for improving the conditions faced by the families and girls my organization, Cool Girls, serves.

In its rankings for “America’s Top State for Business 2014,” CNBC offered this caveat: The Peach State is the cream of the crop for 2014, with the nation’s best workforce and the top infrastructure. But education and quality of life remain weak spots.”

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