Allyson Ahlstrom founded Threads for Teens at the age of fourteen, after becoming inspired from a book about teenagers completing service projects. On January 17th 2010, she got together the letter, logo, and idea to hold what would be a one-time clothing drive. Today, this ‘one-time’ clothing drive has grown into a national organization that has outfitted over 5,100 at-risk teen girls across the United States.
Allyson graduated from the Wharton School of Business of the University of Pennsylvania with a B.S. in Economics, with concentrations in Finance and Real Estate. Additionally, she earned a minor in Art History from the College of Arts and Sciences.
Amy Ahlstrom has been involved with Threads for Teens since the beginning, January of 2010. Amy grew up in Sebastopol, California and after graduating Analy High School, she went on to get an A.A. from Santa Rosa Junior College and B.A. from Sonoma State University, both in business.
Amy is driven to remain active in TFT by the pleasure of witnessing so much transformative joy and inspiration on tour and in the boutique.
Amy’s hobbies include photography, reading, genealogy, and spending time with her family and friends.
Past Boutique Managers
Boutique Manager: 2016-2017
Jordan is a senior at Cardinal Newman High School. She enjoys hiking, shopping, and being with family. She’s hoping to attend nursing school in the Fall of 2017, but until then she is in charge of Threads for Teens!
Co-Boutique Manager: : 2015-2016
Megan Bertolone is a senior at Cardinal Newman High School in Santa Rosa, CA. She plays many sports, her favorites being soccer and running, and participates in several extracurricular activities outside of school and work. She plans on attending college in Southern California and majoring in Business Administration.
Megan began volunteering at Threads for Teens in September of 2014 alongside her classmate, Amara Ortiz. She takes much pride in empowering young women and helping them to succeed in life. Megan enjoys her time at Threads for Teens and is enthusiastic to connect with the girls that she meets along the way.
Co-Boutique Manager: 2015-2016
Amara is currently a senior in high school. She attends Cardinal Newman in Santa Rosa, CA. Amara started playing traveling soccer for Santa Rosa United when she was nine. Her team is now currently eighth in the country! She began volunteering at Threads for Teens in September.
Amara loves to make the girls feel welcomed when they come to the store. She loves seeing a smile on their face when they pick out their clothes. Amara is excited to run the store with her partner, Megan Bertalone, for the rest of their senior year!
Boutique Manager: 2014-2015
Ashton currently attends Chapman University in Southern California. She is a rising junior, studying Business. She began volunteering at Threads for Teens in January of 2014 and eventually became boutique manager from May of 2015 – April of 2016.
Ashton is very passionate about the bettering of self-esteem and fashion, so Threads for Teens is a sacred place to her. She loves making new friends with the shoppers and helping them acknowledge their beauty.