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HOTGIRLS is a small, volunteer-led, grassroots 501 (c)(3) nonprofit organization. Our mission is to improve the health and lives of underserved young women and girls by providing girl-centered health and media education programming inspired by youth culture. HOTGIRLS was founded by Dr. Carla Stokes on November 21, 2001 while she was enrolled as a doctoral student at the University of Michigan.

For more than a decade, HOTGIRLS has 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, we have grown into an award-winning youth-led organization that has reached thousands of youth and positively transformed the lives of countless young women and girls through our innovative programming.  We have implemented leadership development programs that have 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 and images of women and girls in the media.  Through our life-changing work, we promote 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.

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What Are We Working On?

  • Building on our pioneering hip hop media literacy and youth media production work, we are working on several cutting-edge projects, including "I Am Worth It," a national campaign to challenge the way young women and girls view themselves and the way they are perceived and treated by their peers and society.
  • We are making plans to expand HOTGIRLS programs to girl-serving organizations around the world.
  • We are working on an online store featuring HOTGIRLS merchandise.
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HOTGIRLS is qualified as a tax-exempt organization under Section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code. Contributions are tax-deductible, as allowed by the law. Your donation can make a difference!

This web site does not provide medical, psychological, or any other health care advice, diagnosis or treatment. This web site and its content, including the information above, is for informational purposes only and is not a substitute for professional medical advice, examination, diagnosis or treatment. Consult your doctor or other professional health care provider for specific medical advice, diagnosis, or treatment. Never delay in seeking or disregard any medical advice because of information on this site. Please see our health disclaimer for more information.

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