(Release from Cool Girls, Inc.)

Grant will encourage girls in low-income communities into science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) careers. 

CG0EmpowerPhotoAtlanta, GA – September 25, 2012 – Women in Technology, an Atlanta-based group that develops and promotes women for success in technology in Georgia, recently awarded $8,000 to Cool Girls, Inc. a nonprofit organization dedicated to the self-empowerment of girls in low-income communities.

The funds will support Cool Girls’ Cool Tech program and Cool Tech Summer Camp at Georgia Institute of Technology. 

During the 2011-2012 school year, 100% of Cool Girls enrolled in Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM) activities through the Cool Tech program. Cool Tech teaches Cool Girls participants about robotics, video game design, graphic design, animation, programming languages, and science experiments.  Girls also have the opportunity to listen to women in various fields of technology and attend different field trips related to technology.  Additionally, more than 25 Cool Girls who expressed interest in technology attended Cool Girls’ annual Cool Tech Summer Camp. 

“Cool Tech meets the need for girls to understand and use technology effectively,” said Cool Girls’ Deputy Director Tanya Egins, “We are very thankful for this grant as it is critical that girls have the education and skills to be technologically competitive into secondary education and the workforce.”

FINAL-COOL GIRLS LOGOAbout Cool Girls, Inc.

Cool Girls, Inc., an Atlanta-based nonprofit, was founded in 1989 and is dedicated to the self-empowerment of girls in low-income communities. We provide the tools to help girls make positive choices, achieve academic success, break the cycles of teen pregnancy and poverty and overcome the barriers of racism and sexism. Our programs instill confidence and provide exposure to a broader world of opportunity through mentoring relationships, field trips, health and life skills education and academic support. Our mission is achieved through the collaborative efforts of volunteers, staff, schools and the local community in active partnership with the girls and their parents. For more information, please visit www.thecoolgirls.org.