Cool Sisters mentor Donna and Cool Girl mentee Marissa have been matched for one year and recently celebrated their match anniversary in January. Donna has been an excellent role model in Marissa’s life, encouraging her to explore her world by trying new things and meeting new friends. Not only does Donna motivate Marissa to recognize her vibrancy and special gifts, she also shares concern for her school work and adamantly seeks the proper support for her mentee. Before Marissa was matched with Donna she was considerably shy. After a year of being in involved in the Cool Sisters program Marissa has transformed into somewhat of a social butterfly. Passionate about the program, Marissa’s mother Monique did not hesitate to share how much of an example Donna is to Marissa and the improvements she’s seen her daughter make in many areas of her life. Donna is a friend, coach, motivator, and a Cool Sisters mentor.
As we the month of April draws to a close we must take a moment to thank our very COOL Volunteers. In honor of National Volunteer Appreciation month we hosted an event for our top 25 volunteers who dedicated a minimum of 25 hours serving our Cool Girls. These volunteers served in one or more of our programs including Girls Club, Field Trips and the Cool Sisters.
Without YOU, our award-winning programs would not be available to so many girls. We are grateful each day that our girls can depend on such Cool Women and Men to expose them to a broader world of opportunity.
Our Cool Girls are having a BLAST doing what they do best…using TECHNOLOGY! During our Girls Club, participants explore the wide world of science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM). Our middle school girls enjoy a partnership with Girl Genius Productions to promote Digital Citizenship.
Interactive workshops include topics on email etiquette, social networking, text messaging, and cyber safety. Through the use of videos, smartphones, and small group discussions, Cool Girls gain valuable skills on how to navigate social platforms like Instagram, Kik and Snapchat responsibly. Though these conversations can be challenging, our girls are learning to be accountable for what they post and who they tweet.
We are proud to announce that our commitment to providing quality after-school Girls Clubs in Atlanta Public and Dekalb County Schools is stronger than ever and in September we will empower over 400 girls. Through our life-skills development curriculum, Cool Tech and Cool Fitness programs, girls will receive holistic teaching by trained facilitators and volunteers. If you are looking for an afternoon filled with fun and girl power we invite you to join us as a volunteer.