Tyra Banks, along with Justin Bieber, Josh Duhamel and Emma Stone, join creator, host and executive producer Nick Cannon in celebrating four exceptional teens in this year’s TeenNick HALO Awards. Each TeenNick HALO (“Helping and Leading Others”) Award honoree was surprised by a visit from Cannon, awarded a grant for their organization and given an once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to meet and connect with a celebrity who shares a similar passion for their cause. 17-year-old Allyson Ahlstrom of Santa Rosa, Calif. shared a food and fashion-filled day with Tyra Banks.
“Allyson is an innovative, inspirational and compassionate young woman who is making a difference, one fabulous teen fashionista at a time,” said Tyra Banks. “We have a lot in common because it’s important to both of us to help girls understand that with hard work and determination, they can be and do anything.”
Ahlstrom was inspired to combine her love of fashion and community service to create Threads for Teens, an organization that collects and distributes clothing to disadvantaged (low income, foster care, etc.) teen girls. In just two years Ahlstrom moved her organization into a stylish pink boutique, raised over $130,000 in product donations and outfitted over 200 girls. Ahlstrom’s HALO match, Tyra Banks, started TZONE at the Lower Eastside Girls Club, providing a rich mix of career development workshops, mentoring, experiential learning opportunities, financial literacy initiatives and community-wide events so hundreds of girls will build self-esteem and develop the tools they need to prepare for lives as entrepreneurs and change-makers in the world.
The fourth annual TeenNick HALO Awards will be taped live from the Hollywood Palladium in Los Angeles, Calif., on Saturday, Nov. 17 and premiere Monday, Nov. 19, at 8 p.m. (ET/PT) on Nick at Nite. The 90-minute special will feature musical performances, celebrity presenters and special surprises.