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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 […]

Dr. Carla Featured Speaker at National Center for Civil and Human Rights Panel on Women & Girls

Over the weekend, I had the opportunity to speak to a diverse group of 200 women and girls in Atlanta, GA as a participant on a panel sponsored by the Women’s Initiative Task Force for the National Center for Civil and Human Rights.  The purpose of the dialogue was to explore how women and girls in […]