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

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 $20 and a vision for educating and uplifting disadvantaged women and girls residing in medically underserved communities that are hardest hit by HIV/AIDS, violence, poverty, the sexualization of women and girls and racial/ethnic health disparities.  Over the years, we 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 leadership development and health education programming.

Since our inception, HOTGIRLS implemented programs that reflect our belief that young women and girls are capable of creating positive changes in their lives and communities.  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. I am so proud of all that we accomplished and will hold every girl who crossed my path close to my heart!

Although we struggled financially for years as a grassroots, youth-driven organization and eventually closed our doors due to funding challenges, I am grateful for the valuable lessons learned and opportunity to discover a sustainable way to share my message and gifts with girls.

I am also deeply humbled that we have received countless requests to teach the HOTGIRLS philosophy and share our curriculum with schools, girl mentors, and youth-serving organizations around the world. Although I was initially overwhelmed by the volume of requests in our earlier years while I had my hands full running the organization in Atlanta on a shoe-string budget, I realize that this work is much bigger than HOTGIRLS and it cannot flourish or grow to its full potential within the constraints of a 501(c)(3) nonprofit business structure.

It is clear that there is no better time than the present to transform this work and build a stronger foundation to nurture, support and cultivate the next generation of women leaders. As I move on in a new direction, I am deeply committed to building on my girls’ studies research and 15 years of work with HOTGIRLS and having a bigger impact internationally in the lives of girls from all walks of life.

I am excited about the next chapter in my life and career and invite you to stay connected with me as I continue to teach, inspire, and uplift adolescent girls through my Teen Girl University™ inspirational speaking and transformational coaching programs.

Thank you for your support!

With love and gratitude,

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