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ONLY ON FOX: Threads for Teens Tour

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Published on Aug 14, 2015

One young woman isn't wasting time already giving back by helping thousands of underprivileged girls. In 2010, at the age of 14, Allyson Ahlstrom decided that she would try to make a difference by making new, fashionable clothing available to girls in foster care or other situations of poverty. She started a free boutique for underprivileged teen girls in Windsor California, In 2013, the boutique found a permanent home in nearby Santa Rosa. That same year, Allyson first took Threads for Teen on the road and has now visited some 60 cities in all 48 contiguous states over two summer tours. Tyclesa Newsom is shopping, but she and dozens of Nashville?s young women aren't dropping a dime. Allyson Ahlstrom's hard work is paying off. In a little black dress, this 20-year-old is making a big impact with Threads for Teens non-profit. Ahlstrom says, " I wanted to be a fashion designer at the time and got the idea to hold a one time clothing drive." Now the young entrepreneur is taking off in this hot pink trailer boutique with major retail donors like Rue21. The rising junior at The Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania is hitting up six cities in just 8 days for her third national tour, stopping outside the Ryman Auditorium Friday. Ahlstrom says, ?We invited different service agencies to submit girls to come shop at the boutique. A lot of these girls don't get the time of day from most people and here we give them this VIP experience." Several volunteers help the young clients pick out clothing items, accessories and shoes. All participants receive a swag bag full of items including a selfie stick. At the Creative Artists Agency, a panel of local women in different careers showed success is more than how you dress. The forum included, Sara Haze, country music artist; Mary Seng, Nashville style blogger of Happily Grey; Kellie Keyes, Marketing Public Relations Manager, Omni Nashville Hotel; and Dr. Heather Gladwell, orthopedic surgeon. Tyclesa Newsom says "Just gave me a free example of how to take on my life. For women in the world, it's just different period. It just makes me feel good, it just makes me feel good."" Ahlstrom says, "It's all about projecting confidence to be successful in your everyday life. When you feel confident in what you wear, you are going to feel more powerful ." To date, the college junior's helped more than 3,500 teens... "I don't necessarily think about the number, I think about the individual girls. I am so grateful to add myself in a small way to their individual stories." For more information on the tour, volunteering, or helping Threads for Teens, visit: (www.threadsforteens.org)

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