Hot girl (n): A girl who realizes her worth, makes healthy choices, and unites with other women and girls to ignite positive social change in the world around her.
Helping Our Teen Girls In Real Life Situations, Inc. (HOTGIRLS)® is 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. Dr. Carla Stokes founded the 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. Our award-winning programs have reached thousands of youth in Atlanta and beyond.
Dear HOTGIRLS Friends, We at Helping Our Teen Girls In Real Life Situations, Inc. (HOTGIRLS)® are grateful to all of our friends and supporters who allow us to improve the health and lives of young women and girls. Since 2001, HOTGIRLS has implemented innovative health education and leadership development programs that have inspired young women […]
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 […]
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 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 […]
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, […]
Dear HOTGIRLS Friends & Supporters, Helping Our Teen Girls In Real Life Situations, Inc. (HOTGIRLS)® is 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. During my doctoral studies at the University of Michigan, I founded HOTGIRLS in November […]
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 […]