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


HOTGIRLS was a youth-driven, grassroots 501 (c)(3) nonprofit organization founded by Dr. Carla Stokes on November 21, 2001 while she was enrolled as a doctoral student at the University of Michigan School of Public Health. The mission was to improve the health and lives of young women and girls residing in medically underserved and economically disadvantaged communities by providing girl-centered leadership development, health education, and media literacy programming inspired by youth culture.

For 15 years, HOTGIRLS delivered workshops and implemented programs that reflect our belief that young women and girls are capable of creating positive changes in their lives and communities.  Over the years, HOTGIRLS grew into an award-winning youth-led organization that reached thousands of youth and positively transformed the lives of countless young women and girls through our innovative programming.

We implemented leadership development programs that empowered young women and girls to take collective strategic action in their communities to address issues of concern to them such as gender-based violence, street harassment, HIV/AIDS, self-esteem, and images of women and girls in the media.

Through our life-changing work, we promoted the positive development and well-being of youth and girls by providing a supportive and empowering space that inspires them to overcome challenges, make healthy choices and take action to create a safer and better world for women and girls.

How to Enroll Your Daughter

Although HOTGIRLS is no longer operating, Dr. Carla continues to educate, inspire, and uplift girls through Teen Girl University™, a personal development, inspirational speaking, and life coaching company she created to motivate adolescent girls to make healthy choices, achieve their goals, become the best possible version of themselves, and create change in their lives and communities.

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I Am Worth It™ Campaign

The “I Am Worth It”™ Campaign provided a platform for girls to affirm their worth and promote positive self-representations online and in their local communities — while challenging harmful stereotypes about women and girls and educating teen girls about health issues.

I am worth it summit

The “I Am Worth It!” Summit was held on Saturday, May 2, 2009 at Spelman College from 9:00 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.  The “I Am Worth It” web site also educates and informs teen girls about self-esteem and related health and teen issues. The summit provided a great opportunity for teen girls residing in the Atlanta metropolitan area to learn about and discuss healthy relationships, dating violence, cyber-bullying, body image, self-worth, self-esteem, images in the media and hip hop, and other important issues, while taking action to create social change in their communities.

Note: HOTGIRLS no longer owns or operates the website.