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  • Join the L.L.L. Dream Team

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    Leading Ladies of Legacy is on the search for seven resilient, remarkable, and reliable women to join it’s volunteer staff. We need these starting seven to truly carry out the mission of creating strong and resilient girls of color. Our headquarters in Austell, GA is set to saturate the Cobb County community and beyond but we need hard working women to support the work and be the face of the organization in the community.

    “My vision as the Founder is to see hundreds of girls who have a clear understanding of their personal power and are using all of their gifts and talents to create a voice for themselves and for other girls. My vision is to create a generation of leaders who aren’t just sitting at home, making excuses for themselves and their situation but overcoming the challenges they’re facing and having a strong network of mentors in the community who are there to talk and walk them through those challenges.” says Regina E. Coley, Founder of Leading Ladies of Legacy “We need women who aren’t in this to have another notch on their resume or to say that they simply want to volunteer, we need women who have a fire in their heart for this and won’t stop until we truly see a change in these girls!”

    If you are interested in applying for the Dream Team apply now at dreamteam.leadingladiesoflegacy.org

    All seven positions will be filled by December 15, 2015 so hurry over now!

  • Achieving Our Mission: Overcoming Poverty

    There are 320,000 women and girls in metro Atlanta living in poverty. 46,014 live in Cobb County; the community where we are planted and serve.

    The top seven barriers to poverty are childcare, education, teen pregnancy, under or unemployment, transportation, healthcare and affordable housing, according to the Atlanta Women’s Foundation.

    At Leading Ladies of Legacy Inc. apart of our mission is to produce girls and young women who “fight and overcome poverty”. How do we do that? Education is our key focus. We see Education as the act of acquiring knowledge and developing the powers to judgement and preparing oneself or others intellectually for mature life.

    Our girls mentoring programs infuse academic skills training, college and career readiness, and professional development.

    Without a college degree, 45 percent of the children from families in the bottom fifth of income will remain there. The four-year graduation rate for Atlanta Public School was 51% in 2012. We don’t want these statistics for our girls or their families.

    Higher educational attainment and higher wages are directly correlated, yet children in poverty without access to high-quality early education begin their lives less likely to achieve postsecondary credentials. Our programs provide the access to high-quality educational support as early as first grade and continue into adulthood.

    Our goal as an organization is to increase the graduation rate through:

    • mentoring in the early years
    • preparation through academic enrichment
    • providing school supports through the counseling departments
    • address personal issues that affect student success in school
    • ongoing use of data to identify problems and evaluate solutions
    • increase number of mentors with College and Career Mentoring Project
    • 9th grade and 12th transition meetings
    • increase additional student supports for pregnant students and students with children
    • provide professional development with Educators that supports strong relationships with students

    Help us help girls and young women to fight and overcome poverty through Education.

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  • LEADING LADIES OF LEGACY INC. PARTNERS WITH MACY’S FOR 10TH ANNUAL “SHOP FOR A CAUSE”

    FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

    CONTACT:   Regina E. Coley, Leading Ladies of Legacy Inc.

    (678) 401-6124, rcoley@leadingladiesoflegacy.org

    LEADING LADIES OF LEGACY INC. PARTNERS WITH MACY’S FOR 10TH ANNUAL “SHOP FOR A CAUSE”

    Macy’s helps local charity raise funds and awareness for important cause

    through the national “Shop For A Cause” charity shopping event

    Austell, GA – (July 8, 2015) – Macy’s will partner with Leading Ladies of Legacy Inc. to invite customers to participate in Macy’s 10th annual national “Shop For A Cause” charity shopping event on August 29, 2015. Customers can purchase shopping passes from Leading Ladies of Legacy Inc. now. Macy’s “Shop For A Cause” is a unique one-day-only shopping event created to support local charities’ fundraising efforts. Since 2006, the program has helped raise tens of millions of dollars for charities across the country.

    “Macy’s is proud to invite our customers to join us in giving back to causes that make a difference both locally and nationally,” said Martine Reardon, Macy’s chief marketing officer. “For the last nine years, Macy’s Shop For A Cause program has raised many millions of dollars for thousands of charities across the country. We look forward to offering our customers and associates an easy way to make a positive impact in our communities while enjoying great savings at Macy’s.”

    Macy’s has provided Leading Ladies of Legacy Inc. with shopping passes to sell for $5 each. Leading Ladies of Legacy Inc. will keep 100 percent of every shopping pass it sells. The more Leading Ladies of Legacy Inc. sells, the more money it will raise!

    By purchasing a shopping pass from Leading Ladies of Legacy Inc. customers support the organization’s girls mentoring and college readiness programs while enjoying a day of spectacular discounts, entertainment and special events at Macy’s. Pass holders will receive special discounts on most regular, sale and clearance purchases all day, but some exclusions apply.

    “Your support will help to provide the resources we need to provide quality programming for middle school and high school girls and helping them with our exclusive college and career readiness and mentoring programs that are so desperately needed in the South Cobb community. Says Regina E. Coley, Executive Director.

    For more information about Macy’s “Shop For A Cause,” visit macys.com/shopforacause. To purchase a shopping pass from Leading Ladies of Legacy Inc. contact Regina Coley, Executive Director. 

    About Macy’s

    Macy’s, the largest retail brand of Macy’s, Inc., delivers fashion and affordable luxury to customers at approximately 800 locations in 45 states, the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico and Guam, as well as to customers in the U.S. and more than 100 international destinations through its leading online store at macys.com. Via its stores, e-commerce site, mobile and social platforms, Macy’s offers distinctive assortments including the most desired family of exclusive and fashion brands for him, her and home. Macy’s is known for such epic events as Macy’s 4th of July Fireworks® and the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade®, as well as spectacular fashion shows, culinary events, flower shows and celebrity appearances. Macy’s flagship stores — including Herald Square in New York City, Union Square in San Francisco, State Street in Chicago, and Dadeland in Miami and South Coast Plaza in southern California — are known internationally and are leading destinations for visitors. Building on a more than 150-year tradition, and with the collective support of customers and employees, Macy’s helps strengthen communities by supporting local and national charities giving more than $70 million each year to help make a difference in the lives of our customers.

    For Macy’s media materials, including images and contacts, please visit our online pressroom at macys.com/pressroom.

     

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  • Camp G.L.O.W. Offers Girls a Mixture of S.T.E.A.M. and Sisterhood this Summer

    Contact:

    Regina E. Coley

    2702 Jefferson Street Suite 100

    Austell, GA 30168

    P (404) 889-8626 E rcoley@leadingladiesoflegacy.org

    Leading Ladies of Legacy’s Camp G.L.O.W. Offers Girls a Mixture of S.T.E.A.M. and Sisterhood this Summer

    [Austell, GA April 15, 2015]- Leading Ladies of Legacy is offering elementary and middle school girls a summer of discovery and exploration. Camp G.L.O.W. features programs that boost girls confidence and self-esteem by enabling girls to cultivate their exploration and discovery skills. In addition this camp teaches girls the importance of sisterhood by helping girls learn to support one another in leadership and excellence.

    Camp G.L.O.W. exposes young girls to life skills they will need to be successful in their future endeavors. They will refine vital qualities such as self-confidence, teamwork and leadership. Campers leave feeling a deeper commitment to sisterhood, academic excellence, integrity, professional goal setting, and their own social responsibility. We encourage girls to explore and take risks in various areas of their lives.

    “Attending Camp G.L.O.W. is a wonderful opportunity for girls to keep their minds and hearts active,” says Regina E. Coley Executive Director. “While at camp girls develop essentials skills to their academics and the essence of who they are. I encourage parents to give their parents the gift of camp to help encourage the best in their daughters.

    There are four reasons why girls should attend Camp G.L.O.W. this summer:

    1. PERSONAL GROWTH: Girls will have a chance to develop new skills, gain higher levels of confidence, and accept new challenges.
    2. EXPLORATION: Girls engage in activities that will lead to both STEM discoveries and personal realizations.
    3. NEW FRIENDSHIPS: Campers will meet and make new friends and learn how to strengthen existing friendship by becoming a more supporting sister.
    4. MEMORIES: Camp G.L.O.W. will give each campers memories that last a lifetime. Your girls will come home daily with stories to share!

    For more information, visit leadingladiesoflegacy.org or call (404) 889-8626.

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    Leading Ladies of Legacy Inc. produces young women who have strong academic backgrounds, understand and build resilience, fight and overcome poverty, exude self-worth and confidence, give back to the community and display leadership. Through membership meetings, programs, events, and community service we will identify and challenge young women to develop compassion, confidence, and a commitment to service and leadership within their communities.

  • Made With Code Parties-A Girls STEM Initiative

    As part of our STEM initiative for girls Leading Ladies of Legacy is hosting 6 Made With Code Parties for girls of all ages in partnership with Atlanta Technical College. The first “party” is scheduled for Thursday March 26, 2015 from 6:00-8:00 pm in Building G on the campus of Atlanta Technical College.

    The goal of a Made with Code party is to spike girls’ curiosity and encourage them to explore the countless possibilities of what they can do with code. Though code is at the center of our lives today, young women are not equally represented in the creation of these technologies. Made with Code will help change that. Together, we can help ensure that more girls become the creators, and not just the consumers, of our collective digital future.

    “This event is the beginning of our girls future careers. By preparing and training our girls today we are essentially impacting their future by at least exposing them to coding and developing their interest in a fun and engaging way.” says Regina E. Coley, Executive Director of Leading Ladies of Legacy Inc. ” I truly hope they leave hungry for learning more and not only enjoy it but use coding to shape our society.”

    Join us for a fun intro on how to get started using code to build the world you want to live in:

    • Hear how women coders around the world are creating a better future
    • Discover how code and CS skills can help you pursue your interests
    • Write your first few lines of code!

    We hope to see you March 26, 2015!

    RSVP Here: http://www.eventbee.com/v/madewithcode

  • Wonderfully Made Girls Summit and International Day of the Girl

     

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    Do you know what makes Saturday October 11, 2014 so special? It’s not only our annual girls empowerment conference (Wonderfully Made Girls Summit) it’s also the International Day of the Girl! That means we’re going to celebrate HARD!

    Just two years ago, the UN declared October 11 as the International Day of the Girl Child to raise awareness about all issues concerning gender inequality around the world. It’s a day when activist groups come together under the same goal to highlight, discuss, and take action to advance rights and opportunities for girls everywhere.

    So we’re going to be coming together to discuss opportunities for girls and hear from powerful speakers, make some empowering giveaways and takeaways and celebrate being a girl!

    This is our day to embrace what it means to be unapologetically us! This is our day to celebrate ever success, challenge, fear, and fault we have with growing up as girls of color. It’s our day to uplift each other as sisters and friends and to go forward into the rest of 2014 with our heads held high knowing that we have something valuable to offer this world and that we CAN and WILL do it!

    We hope that you join us by registering to attend the conference or if your organization/business is looking for a way to support the girls in your community that you would condier becoming a conference sponsor!

    REGISTER TODAY

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    For sponsorship opportunities please call (404) 889-8626.

  • Reaching Girls: Our 2014-2015 Goals for Community Impact

    LLL_ComputerLLL_ComputermiddleschoolLeading Ladies of Legacy Inc. is identifying issues of concern for minority girls, setting specific community goals, and developing strategies to address those issues right here in metro Atlanta. Designed to create long term positive change in the lives of girls and this community these goals are a road map  for us to address these areas of concern for our girls. It will guide us in connecting the strengths and weaknesses of metro Atlanta with opportunities to improve our community in a measurable way. It will allow us to secure our tomorrow by investing in girls today!

    So as this organization’s visionary and servant leader, I have these goals for community impact for this organization and the community in which I proudly call home and I wanted to share them with you so together we can achieve them.

    I challenge each of you to do your part — give your time, resources or skills, be involved, share in the solution!

    Sincerely,

    Regina E. Coley

    Executive Director of Leading Ladies of Legacy Inc.

     

    Target Issue: Academic Achievement and Graduation

    Goal: Helping girls utilize their potential.

    Program Goal: Accept 25 high school girls per site into the College and Career Mentoring Project.

    Intended Result:

    • At least 85% of 25 girls mentored will demonstrate an improvement in academics at the end of the four years
    • At least 90% of menteed girls will exhibit some level of increased self-esteem, moral sense of responsibility, increased interpersonal skills and decision-making skills over the course of four years

     

    Target Issue: Future Stability

    Goal: Enroll 20 girls per site in the Little Ladies League.

    Intended Result: At least 80% of the girls are equipped with life and leadership skills through character development to make a successful transition from elementary to middle school.

     

    Target Issue: Educational and Empowerment Opportunities for Minority Girls

    Goal: To offer empowerment sessions to 175 girls at the second annual Wonderfully Made Girls Summit 2014.

    Intended Result: Girls are more aware of themselves, their strengths and assets, and leadership capabilities.

     

    Target Issue: Family Involvement

    Goal: To launch Six Parent Academy’s and engage 50 parents in an open dialogue surrounding family involvement.

    Intended Result: Parents are supportive and fully engaged in their daughters intellectual, emotional, and social growth.

     

  • Volunteer for Wonderfully Made Girls Summit

    Volunteering is not only an excellent way to give back to your community but it’s also the way we (a small nonprofit organization) can fulfill it’s mission. Caring people like you giving of their time and resources allows us to reach more girls and provide more services and empowerment. Something as little as three hours a month goes a long way in the life of a girl who otherwise would have never met you, heard your story, seen your smile, or knew you cared for her. Read more

  • 10 Habits to Maximize My Potential

    10 Ways to Maximize My Potential 1. Surround myself with positive friends.

    2. Follow a hobby or interest during the next 30 days.

    3. Exercise at least 30 minutes every alternative day (for at least 2.5 hours a week).

    4. Spend at least 10 minutes a day reflecting about my life and purpose.

    5. Have 9 hours sleep every night.

    6. Join a youth, cultural or community club like Leading Ladies of Legacy Inc!

    7. Seek three adults (in addition to my parents) I trust with my life and stay in touch with them.

    8. Give my academic, school subjects or work experience priority in my life.

    9. Set myself specific, measurable, intentional, limiting, extending, realistic and achievable goals, using short or small action steps.

    10. Be myself – I am unique! Have fun and do nothing that could be potentially life-threatening.

  • Special Invitation to Senior Transition Night

    Leading Ladies of Legacy Inc. in partnership with Project Grad would like to invite you to D.M. Therrell’s Senior Transition Night on May 14, 2014 promptly at 5:15 pm. This will be an exciting night of information shring as seniors and their parents prepare for the next phase of life and education.

    Executive Director Regina E. Coley will be speaking to the seniors from the topic “College 101”. If you are a high school student planning on attending college then you need to be there!

    Please see the flyer below for more information! We hope to see you there.

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