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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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We have been a premier girls-serving organization serving Atlanta since 1989. More about our history and mission

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She is EMPOWERED…She is a Cool Girl

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Linda Lowe, Cool Girl of the Year, began our program as a fifth grade student at Terry Mill Elementary. From field trips to college prep Linda embraced the life-skills taught and maximized her experience in Cool Girls. In middle school, Linda was matched with a Cool Sister mentor, Shelly Nelson, who encouraged her to pursue her dream of attending college.

During her ninth grade year, Linda joined Cool Scholars, the high school extension program. This program allowed Linda to tour colleges and universities and prepare for the SAT while she thrived in high school and set an example for her younger sisters and fellow Cool Girls to follow. Linda graduated 3rd in her class out of 143 students from McNair High School which empowered her to pursue Undergraduate studies at the University of Georgia.

Linda’s success in high school even inspired her mother to go back to college and complete her degree. In her application for our Scholarship, Linda wrote “Being a part of Cool Girls Inc., has taught me to accept life’s challenges and tackle them fearlessly. Cool Girls has helped to transform me from a shy, introverted little girl into a young lady that refuses to accept mediocrity, and that is not bound by economic circumstances. The women of Cool Girls, have reinforced the values of ethics, moral responsibilities, self-worth, self-love, and self-respect that my mother instilled in me. They have shown me that my future is in my hands and that there are no boundaries to what I can accomplish through hard work, dedication, and perseverance.”

Linda is EMPOWERED!

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Thank you Atlanta!

 

Thank you, Atlanta for supporting the ‘Cool Girls become Cool Women’ Hot Pink Party celebrating 27 years of service to over 6,000 girls in the Atlanta community. Our Hot Pink Party was a huge success raising over $230,000 to benefit our Girls Club, Cool Scholars and Cool Sisters mentoring programs.

The evenings honors included: Cool Woman of the Year, APS Superintendent, Dr. Meria Carstarphen, Cool Volunteer of the Year, Terra Washington and Cool Girl of the Year, Linda Lowe. A special appearance from former Atlanta City Mayor, Shirley Franklin, brought the crowd to their feet.

WSB’s own Erin Coleman, emceed the fundraiser and highlighted the benefits of getting involved to inspire change in 350 Atlanta Cool Girls.  Because of you, all funds raised will provide college scholarship opportunities, job shadow experiences and career prep conferences to our participants free-of-charge.

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Cool Scholars take over UGA

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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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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Tanya Egins

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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