Backstage at the 6th Annual 'Teens For Jeans' Launch

Thursday January 31, 2013

By Justin Howard

Now in its sixth year, 'Teens For Jeans' is an annual month-long initiative that encourages young adults to donate gently worn dungarees for teens at homeless youth shelters in need of some new duds hosted by fashion retailer Aeropostale and

At Palihouse hotel in Los Angeles I had the pleasure of chatting with the cast of MTV's new hit series Awkward about their thoughts on the event.

Justin Howard : So let's get a quote from each of you on tonight and what you love about 'Teens For Jeans'

Desi Lydic : Hi, I love your scarf! I love that we are providing something in a small way that is really needed.

Justin Howard : Did you donate?

Desi Lydic : Yes!

Nikki Deloach : I think that is a lot of need in our country right now and there are a lot of people who want to get involved but don't have a lot of extra cash or time and this is something really small that you can do that goes a super long way. I am really proud to be here and be involved in it.

Barret Swatek : I think when you read that 1.7 million teenagers are homeless, I believe that deeply hits a chord because that is an essential wardrobe for all of us - a pair of jeans. And it can help them feel a little bit better at home, something to wear to school, it is very basic. We don't think about those things that is why we are here, and why I am glad to support it.

Mike Faiola : One of the perks of being an actor is that you get to shed light on issues like teen homelessness, etc etc. So it is nice that we can bring together a bunch of self-centered people and do something. Have a bunch of these self-centered egoistical actors combined focuses to do some good in the world.

Publicist : I just want to remind everyone that Mike is from the MTV show Awkward.

For more on my exclusive interviews with Bella Thorne and Chloe Moretz from the 6th annual 'Teens For Jeans' check out my fashion column on

Photo Courtesy of Justin Howard


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