Thank you for your support. HOTGIRLS is no longer operating. This website is an archive and celebration of our work.

HOTGIRLS Awarded Community Service Grant at National Association of University Women’s National Convention

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Thank You & Farewell from Our Founder

Dear Friends & Supporters, Helping Our Teen Girls In Real Life Situations, Inc. (HOTGIRLS)® was … [Read More...]

Farewell to Our Supporters

After 15 years of empowering youth, HOTGIRLS has closed our doors.

This website remains as an archive to honor and celebrate our work and serve as a model for progressive girl-serving programs with a similar mission and commitment to girls' healthy development and empowerment, youth development, gender-based violence prevention, media literacy education, and social justice.

Click here to read a farewell letter from our founder.

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About HOTGIRLS

Helping Our Teen Girls In Real Life Situations, Inc. (HOTGIRLS)® was an internationally recognized, award-winning, youth-driven, 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization dedicated to empowering young women and girls to make healthy choices, create social change and become leaders in their communities.

Dr. Carla Stokes founded the pioneering organization in 2001 with $20 and a vision for educating and uplifting young women and girls residing in medically underserved and economically disadvantaged communities that are hardest hit by HIV/AIDS, violence, poverty and racial/ethnic health disparities. We began with 5 girls and grew to reach thousands of youth in Atlanta and beyond.

We are proud of what we created and would like to extend our deepest thanks and appreciation to all of our funders, donors, volunteers, families, and champions who believed in and supported our work.

While it is not easy to close our doors, we were unable to financially sustain our important work long-term within the 501 (c)(3) nonprofit framework. However, our mission and work lives on and is expanding globally through our founder, who is continuing to teach, inspire, and uplift girls as an inspirational speaker and transformational coach. To enroll your daughter in coaching or request Dr. Carla to speak at your school, organization or event, visit her website.

Dr. Carla is also giving back and sharing her hard-earned valuable lessons learned through HOTGIRLS and alternative ways to thrive in the girl empowerment field by providing training and coaching to women with a heart for girls who are mentors, nonprofit founders, educators, speakers, coaches, and youth workers. For more information, sign up for the A Heart for Girls™ Business Academy free business training for women who want to learn how to monetize their passion for girl empowerment, while having a greater impact and avoiding burnout.

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Thank You & Farewell from Our Founder

Dear Friends & Supporters, Helping Our Teen Girls In Real Life Situations, Inc. (HOTGIRLS)® was a youth-driven, 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization dedicated to empowering young women and girls to make healthy choices, create social change and become leaders in their communities. I founded HOTGIRLS in November 2001 during my doctoral studies at the University of Michigan with […]

Dr. Carla Keynote Speaker at 12th Annual Alabama Child Safety Conference

Dr. Carla recently delivered a keynote presentation on the impact of sexualization on girls’ health and safety to more than 400 educators, social workers, parents, and law enforcement professionals at the 12th Annual Alabama Child Safety Conference in Decatur, Alabama. She also presented a workshop on how educators and girl-serving professionals can use hip hop […]

Dr. Carla to Speak on Black Girlhood and Hip Hop at the Hip Hop Literacies Conference at Ohio State University

Black Girlhood & Hip Hop Dr. Carla will be speaking about black girlhood, hip hop, HOTGIRLS, and her experiences using hip hop as a tool for reaching Black girls at the 2014 Hip Hop Literacies Conference at Ohio State University. Workshop Description Hip hop-influenced popular culture has been criticized for glorifying sex, violence, misogyny, consumerism, […]

HOTGIRLS Founder Dr. Carla Stokes Among 10 Honorees Selected for Outstanding Atlanta

HOTGIRLS founder Dr. Carla Stokes was selected as one of ten honorees inducted into Outstanding Atlanta on October 12, 2012. Outstanding Atlanta was created in 1968 to recognize outstanding young people of Atlanta who have distinguished themselves as exemplary citizens and demonstrated a steadfast commitment to leadership, civic engagement and service for the betterment of […]

Dr. Carla Featured Alumni Speaker at University of Michigan Rackham Graduate School Centennial Lectures

Dr. Carla Stokes was one of four distinguished doctoral alumni of the University of Michigan’s Department of Health Behavior and Health Education invited to speak in honor of the Rackham Graduate School’s Centennial celebration.  The University of Michigan dedicated the month of October to honoring and showcasing the diversity and quality of the intellectual legacy of the University’s […]

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Join Us for a Town Hall Meeting on The Experiences of African-American Girls In Schools

The National Women’s Law Center, African-American Policy Forum, Multi-Agency Alliance for Children, the Atlanta Legal Aid Society, the Women’s Center at Spelman College, and Helping Our Teen Girls In Real Life Situations, Inc. (HOTGIRLS)® invite you to join us for a Town Hall Meeting on the challenges that interfere with the success and achievement of […]

Welcome to our new website!

We are excited to welcome you to our new website, which was funded by a generous gift from our friends at the National Association of University Women (NAUW). Our new site features an improved home page and blogging platform and is accessible to popular browsers and devices such as tablets and mobile phones.  The new site will […]

HOTGIRLS Awarded Community Service Grant at National Association of University Women’s National Convention

NAUW Community Service Grant Award HOTGIRLS founder Dr. Carla Stokes accepted an $8,000 Community Service Grant award on behalf of Helping Our Teen Girls In Real Life Situations, Inc. (HOTGIRLS)® at the 68th National Convention of the National Association of University Women (NAUW) in Atlanta, Georgia.  NAUW’s Community Service Chair Donna Clark presented a big check during […]

HOTGIRLS Joins National Coalition to Challenge the Sexualization of Girls

HOTGIRLS is a proud partner of SPARK. Girls and women from across the United States are coming together, in-person and online, to challenge the sexualization of girls and begin a new social movement.  SPARK began as a response to The Report of the APA Task Force on the Sexualization of Girls. For more information, visit […]

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