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 a public meeting at the Hyatt Regency Downtown Atlanta on August 1, 2012, which was attended by local residents, city officials and community leaders. Mrs. Clark and NAUW’s National President, Dolores Y. Owens spearheaded the efforts to raise funds from the organization’s membership for NAUW’s first-ever community service grant award.
Dr. Carla Speaks at the Focus on Youth Luncheon
On August 2, 2012, Dr. Carla was the keynote speaker at the “Focus on Youth Luncheon.” HOTGIRLS youth advisors Mary-Pat Hector and Kristen Robinson performed monologues from the HOTGIRLS “Walk in My Shoes” project, which raises awareness about street harassment and violence against women and girls.
During her speech, Dr. Carla acknowledged that foundations have scaled back grantmaking for girl-serving organization in recent years and thanked the NAUW for “being champions for HOTGIRLS” and emphasizing the importance of educating and uplifting women, girls and disadvantaged communities. “We are extremely grateful to receive this generous and unexpected award,” said Stokes. She also encouraged NAUW members to continue supporting youth-serving organizations in their local communities.
HOTGIRLS youth advisor and spokesperson Kristen Robinson said:
“I would like to extend a special thank you to the women of the National Association of University Women. I was a member of HOTGIRLS back in high school and now that I have graduated and I attend the University of Georgia, I continue to share my passion for empowering young girls because the HOTGIRLS organization has given so much to me. It has allowed me to understand my self-worth and I now have the confidence to speak out on issues that are relevant to my age group and also to empower young girls who are coming up after me.”
The NAUW’s generous gift will provide support for HOTGIRLS’ innovative youth leadership development, violence prevention, media literacy and empowerment programming, allowing the organization to upgrade its website and serve more youth and organizations through educational workshops and online programming.
The National Association of University Women has a long and rich history, which spans over 102 years. NAUW’s mission is to serve women, youth and the disadvantaged in communities and developing countries by addressing educational issues, advancing the status of women’s issues and strategically partnering with allied organizations. Under the leadership of Dolores Y. Owens, the biennial convention was hosted by the Atlanta Branch, where Ms. Virgia Chappell serves as Branch President. Nearly 400 women from across the United States and Liberia, Africa attended the convention.
For more information, visit the NAUW web site.
- Press Release
- Cheers: HOTGIRLS Awarded $8,000 Community Service Grant Award at National Association of University Women Annual Convention
The Atlanta Voice, August 24, 2012
- University Women to Convene at Hyatt
The Atlanta Voice, July 27, 2012