Threads for Teens comes to Kauai

LIHUE — Leanna Thesken said she was inspired to bring “Threads for Teens” to Kauai after hearing about it on TV three years ago.

“I heard a commercial for it on Nickelodeon, and I felt compelled to be a part of it,” she said.

The nonprofit gives under-privileged teenage girls the opportunity to receive new clothing. But the program represented in 49 states is much more than just giving girls clothes, Thesken said.

“It’s about empowering girls and helping them reach their potential,” said the sophomore at Kauai High School.

On Saturday, the Kona Salon at the Kauai Marriott Resort will be taken over by 50 girls, racks of clothing and mirrors.

The event is open to girls ages 13 to 19 who were nominated by a loved one, Thesken said.

Participants will have the opportunity to pick out a new outfit, which is provided by Threads for Teens. The girls will also be able to take basic hair styling classes.

There will be a Dress for Success Workshop, hosted by Macy’s. Actress Jessica Rey, known for her role as the White Power Ranger, will be the guest speaker.

Thesken said she hopes the girls will leave Threads for Teens with a new sense of confidence.

“I hope they walk out with more than just a new outfit,” she said. “I want them to leave with a new perspective on life and know they can succeed.”

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