Teens 2 Teens is an organization I created to encourage teenagers to help students in need in the North Carolina Appalachian Mountains by providing them with gently used clothing.
In tenth grade I watched Diane Sawyer's "20/20" documentary on children of the Appalachians and the poverty in which they live. I was devastated to learn that this kind of poverty exists right here in NC, only five hours away from where I live, and was compelled to start Teens 2 Teens.
I partnered with Communities in Schools of North Carolina, a wonderful organization that helps "at risk" teens stay in school and graduate. They provide and run the boutique "Krissi's Kloset" in Bryson City, NC which serves as a distribution center for students in need from eight Appalachian counties.
Teens 2 Teens chapters from five schools in North Carolina collect gently used clothing, shoes, and accessories which are used to stock Krissi's Kloset. Teens 2 Teens wants to help students feel more confident and comfortable in the classroom as well as on college trips and job interviews.
My goal is to encourage teens from all over America to reach out and help others who are less fortunate. By starting a chapter of Teens 2 Teens at your school and distributing clothing in areas of need, you can make a positive impact on someone's life!
The first "boutique" was opened on the campus of Robbinsvile High where the students transformed an old storage building into what they named "Krissi's Kloset." Teens 2 Teens filled it with clothes and other items donated by high school students. The students in Robbinsville were allowed to shop for FREE. It was a huge success! We continue to stock the boutique, providing clothes and shoes to Robbinsville students on a year round basis.
In July 2010, Teens 2 Teens partnered with Communities In Schools of North Carolina in an effort to provide clothing to more teenagers in the Appalachians. Our first joint effort is a "shop for free" boutique in Bryson City which is centrally located in the Appalachian Mountain Region of NC. This Krissi's Kloset provides clothing and shoes to teens from eight counties in the NC Appalachian Mountains. Students are provided with transportation to "shop" several times a year.