For Ava Dash, daughter of designer and philanthropist Rachel Roy, giving back runs in the family.
The 10th grader recently linked with nonprofit The Teen Project, which provides teens aging out of the foster care system with resources and support. Dash put her creative skills to work redecorating four rooms for eight young women using throw blankets, area rugs and seating from Ugg, bedding from Echo, wall coverings from Tempaper, and furniture from Z Gallerie. “My mom and I wanted to find a charity that I could work on on my own,” said Dash, 15. “When I come home from school my room is my sanctuary so I wanted to bring some of the cozy aspects of that into their rooms.”
Dash and Roy, recent Los Angeles transplants, have been decorating their own space, which Dash said taught her the importance of colors and textures. She also enlisted her pals, Disney actress Peyton List, “Teen Wolf” star Cody Saintgnue, Massai Long and Charli Barcena to help with the remake. “It’s something I want to do again with them and I’m sure we will,” Dash said. Today she’ll attend Teen Project’s annual gala and take part in a shoe drop to give all the teens and volunteers a pair of Ugg boots. “I always wanted them and I never had them growing up, so I thought it would be great to give them each their own pair,” she said.