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Dr. Carla Featured in University of Michigan School of Public Health Magazine: What Does It Take to Change the World?

Dr. Carla Stokes's groundbreaking research and work as an adolescent health expert, professional youth speaker, life and business coach for women and girls, and founder of Helping Our Teen Girls In Real Life Situations, Inc. (HOTGIRLS)® is featured in the Fall 2014 issue of Findings (Volume 30, Number 1), the official magazine published by the University of Michigan School of Public Health (UM SPH). The article highlights how Dr. Carla's perseverance helped her overcome challenges and … [Read more...]

Dr. Carla Featured Expert in Ebony Magazine Article on The State of Black Girls in America

Dr. Carla was interviewed as an expert in a feature article by Hilary Beard on "Saving Our Daughters" in Ebony Magazine where she sheds light on the state of black American girls and her research findings related to the health and sexuality of girls coming of age in the digital area. Read the article. May 2014 (pp. 117-121)     … [Read more...]

Dr. Carla Featured Speaker at Workshops Hosted by the Junior League of Monmouth County, New Jersey

The Junior League of Monmouth County aims to empower young girls to become confident women. The Junior League of Monmouth County hosted a series of educational workshops presented by Dr. Carla Stokes for members, community organizations that provide services to girls, as well as parents and caregivers in the Red Bank, New Jersey area. Dr. Carla delivered tailored presentations for JLMC members, girl-serving organizations, and parents/caretakers. The workshops were based on her pioneering … [Read more...]

Dr. Carla Keynote Speaker at 12th Annual Alabama Child Safety Conference

Dr. Carla delivered a keynote presentation on social media and 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 and popular culture to educate girls.  During the workshop, Dr. Carla shared lessons learned from Helping Our Teen Girls In … [Read more...]

Dr. Carla Stokes Among 10 Honorees Selected for Outstanding Atlanta

Dr. Carla Stokes was selected as one of ten honorees inducted into Outstanding Atlanta. The organization 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 the Atlanta community. Dr. Carla will serve alongside this dynamic group on the Outstanding Atlanta Board of Directors as they come together to continue to improve … [Read more...]

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 graduates through the Centennial Lectures. During her lecture, Dr. Carla reflected on her master's and … [Read more...]

Dr. Carla Featured Keynote Speaker at National Association of University Women’s National Convention and Accepts Community Service Grant Award on Behalf of HOTGIRLS, Inc.

NAUW Community Service Grant Award HOTGIRLS founder and Executive Director 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 … [Read more...]

Dr. Carla Featured Expert in Health First!: The Black Woman’s Wellness Guide!

  Dr. Carla Stokes is a featured expert on adolescent girls in Health First!: The Black Woman's Wellness Guide (Chapter 1). Co-authored by Eleanor Hinton Hoytt and Hilary Beard, Health First is rooted in the groundbreaking work of the Black Women's Health Imperative, the premier nonprofit organization dedicated to advancing the health and wellness of black women and girls. Health First investigates health challenges and disparities that impact black women and girls, with a focus on … [Read more...]

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 metropolitan Atlanta can come together to break down generational, cultural, and socioeconomic barriers to positively impact the lives of women and girls in the areas of education, leadership, … [Read more...]

Dr. Carla’s Pioneering Research on Girls & Social Media Published in “Girl Wide Web 2.0: Revisiting Girls, the Internet, and the Negotiation of Identity”

I am excited to announce that my book chapter on how Black American teen girls coming of age at the intersections of hip hop and social media navigate identity, sexuality, sexualized images, and beauty ideals online (based on my research at the University of Michigan) has been published in "Girl Wide Web 2.0: Revisiting Girls, the Internet, and the Negotiation of Identity" (edited by Sharon Mazzarella). The original volume,  "Girl Wide Web: Girls, The Internet, and the Negotiation of … [Read more...]

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