Hello! I’m Allyson Ahlstrom, founder of Threads for Teens. I founded Threads for Teens on January 17th, 2010, when I was 14 years old. Today, I’m a Senior in high school at Cardinal Newman High, which is located in Santa Rosa, California.
“For it is in giving that we receive” -St. Francis of Assisi
Threads for Teens was founded one morning in January 2010 after I had finished the book Generation Change, by Zach Hunter. The book detailed different service projects that teenagers had done across the country, with some kids as young as twelve. Immediately, I became inspired to do something to help out within my own community. That Sunday evening, I got together a letter, a logo, and a name. The original idea was to outfit ten deserving girls (foster care, extreme situations of poverty, etc.) in two brand-new head-to-toe outfits. Within a week of founding Threads for Teens, I sent out over three hundred letters, soliciting clothing donations.
For several months, I worked diligently collecting donations from different clothing companies. I was personally so shocked at the amount of companies willing to help. The generosity displayed was (and still is) incredible. Finally, in August 2010, the boutique was set to be open. The kick-off event for Threads for Teens was a great success, catering to thirteen teenage girls, which was three more than the goal! All were very ecstatic to receive the brand-new clothing. In September 2011, Threads for Teens officially became a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization. Since then, Threads for Teens has served one hundred eighty-five girls, with plans to serve over two hundred by the end of this year.
Threads For Teens is accepting nominations for deserving girls to be a part of this incredible experience. Please click HERE to view the form.