An idea, some action and tonight Allyson Ahlstrom is honored on Nick at Night
BY CHRIS SMITH/The Press Democrat
Here’s what went through the mind of Santa Rosa 17-year-old Allyson Ahlstrom the other night as she stood, dressed like a star, on the stage of the utterly decked-out Hollywood Palladium.
“I was thinking, how the heck did this happen?”
Allyson was there, honored by Nickelodeon as one of just four U.S. teens to be paired with a celebrity and presented a TeenNick HALO (Helping and Leading Others) Award, because two years ago she acted on an idea.
In 2010, she thought to help disadvantaged girls boost their confidence, self-esteem and prospects by providing them nice, donated clothes at a fashionable non-profit boutique. Then she did the work to create the Threads for Teens shop in Windsor.
It flourishes. So does she.
Allyson had received numerous other honors before Nick Cannon of Nickelodeon and “America’s Got Talent” showed up at her boutique early in October. He announced she was one of the HALO Award winners and gave the shop a check for $10,000.
Allyson was then teamed with model, entrepreneur and youth mentor Tyra Banks in preparation for the awards gala last weekend at the Palladium.
The 90-minute awards special will appear at 8 p.m. Monday (Nov. 19) on Nick at Nite and will be replayed Tueday at 10 p.m. on TeenNick.
Weeks before the gala, cameras rolled as Allyson met up the Banks in New York, had breakfast with her, tried on outfits and learned about the program Banks runs for teens at the Lower Eastside Girls Club.
“I want to emulate her,” Allyson said. She intends also to talk about Threads for Teens and the power of service to others on a national tour she’ll launch after she graduates next spring.
There goes Allyson, making a difference.