The mission of the Coalition on Urban Girls (CUG) is to improve the health, safety, and wellness of girls; through advocacy, research, cross-sector collaboration, and training that strengthen the capacity and sustainability of girl-serving organizations.
The Coalition on Urban Girls strives for a society in which all girls are well. We work toward eliminating barriers to girls' success and ensuring that every girl has the opportunities and access she needs to thrive.
The Coalition on Urban Girls was Founded on March 17, 2010 (as the South Side Coalition on Urban Girls) by Demoiselle 2 Femme, NFP in response to the “Status of Girls in Illinois Report” (Released: September 10, 2009). Transitioned to CUG in 2017 and launched at the University of Chicago, School of Social Service Administration on International Day of the Girl, October 11, 2018.
What We Do
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CUG's Unique Value
TRACE our Legacy & Impact
EQUITY & EMPOWERMENT
FOR ALL GIRLS
Our Path to Expansion
Executing A National Expansion Plan: The Coalition on Urban Girls will continue to build, connect, and support girl serving organizations in urban cities across the country until all girls have everything they need to thrive! As the identifiable leading experts, educators, master practitioners, and advocates for girls in Chicago and beyond, CUG is best equipped to achieve such expansion by:
Offering professional development opportunities that provide continuing education credentials and certifications to those working for and with girls!
Leading at the forefront of decision making and policy change impacting girls.
Serving as educators and thought leaders for researchers, public servants, philanthropic efforts, and social service agencies.
Supporting the creation of an ecosystem of stakeholders equipped to ensure the well-being of urban girls across the country.
Developing and sharing a repository of research to impact, practice, and increase awareness of the needs of girls within society.
Creating innovative concepts, approaches, and delivery methods using Human-Centered Design.
Interested in starting a CUG Chapter in your city?
We will be accepting applications beginning in January 2024!
Historical Timeline & Milestones
MARCH 17, 2010
The South Side Coalition on Urban Girls (SSCUG) was Founded
The South Side Coalition on Urban Girls (SSCUG) was founded & convened by Demoiselle 2 Femme, NFP (federally funded by the Office on Women’s Health) in response to the "Status of Girls in Illinois" Report released September 10, 2009. Global Girls, Inc. was our First SSCUG partner!