Youth Advisory Council
Keep America Beautiful selected 10 high school students from across the country to serve on its 2013/2014 national Youth Advisory Council (YAC). The YAC creates a framework for youth engagement with KAB, infusing the youth voice into KAB's programs and building on the model of youth leadership seen in KAB's local and state affiliates. The newly-selected YAC members will act as ambassadors and leaders for youth service in their respective communities and states.
Marie Armbruster, Lexington, KY
Marie has been an active member of the Bluegrass Youth Sustainability Council (BYSC) for two years. She will be the student facilitator for the club, which includes members from eight local high schools, for the 2013/2014 school year. As a member of the BYSC, Marie chaired a project to install water bottle refill stations in member high schools. Marie is also the Secretary of her school’s Outdoors Club,President of the Mu Alpha Theta Math Honor Society, Co-Captain of her high school varsity soccer team and a member of the Central Kentucky Youth Orchestra. Enjoying nature has always been a part of Marie’s life, and she hopes to foster sustainability in her community so that nature can be enjoyed by generations to come.
Deja Chappell, Montgomery, AL
Deja, a sophomore, is an active participant and volunteer for KAB affiliate Montgomery Clean City Commission, helping with various recycling and educational events. Her main goals for working with the KAB are to promote awareness among teens about the negative effects of littering and hold them accountable for the planet they are inheriting. Deja has been a Girl Scout for eight years, is currently serving as Sophomore Class President, plays goalkeeper for her school soccer team, and is an intern at E.A.T South, a local urban farm that focuses on growing natural, sustainable foods.
John Cuttino, Cordova, SC
John, a senior at Edisto High School, has lived on a farm all of his life. John likes to educate others about why it is important to reduce waste and support community greening. John believes that the earth belongs to all of us. As a returning member of the Youth Advisory Council, John's pleased to provide his experience from participating on the council last year and helping to design the new Youth Leadership Award to be presented in 2014.
Karina Gonzalez, Downey, CA
Karina, a junior, is passionate about beautifying her community and teaching kids to take care of the place they live in. During the summer, Karina focused on volunteering for the Kiwanis Green Team, which is a group of students of all ages that work to improve their environment. She also participates in Keep Downey Beautiful cleanups. Karina is a continuing member of the Youth Advisory Council, having served during the inaugural year.
Samantha Holmes, Ridgefield, CT
Samantha is a high school senior. She loves nature and enjoys conducting ecological research and environmental advocacy. She is the President of her high school environmental club, Vice President of Greening Forward's International Youth Council, and a Global Population and Environment Fellow at the Sierra Club.
Brandi Metzger, Indianapolis, IN
Brandi, a senior, is employed with Keep Indianapolis Beautiful’s Youth Tree Team. She has served in various volunteer activities including the annual Lilly Day of Service, when she guided volunteers in a wide-scale city cleanup. She is the Managing Editor of her school’s magazine and a member of her school’s volunteer-focused Outreach Club. She has received several leadership awards from her school.
Hasib Muhammad, Suwanee, GA
Hasib, a junior, is the Program Director of Greening Forward, a youth-driven nonprofit organization that promotes civic environmentalism in young people. He is also the 2nd Vice-President at North Gwinnett High School. He serves on The Jane Goodall Institute's Roots & Shoots National Youth Leadership Council and the State Farm Youth Advisory Council. Previously, Hasib served as the Land-Use and Environmental Chair of the Model Atlanta Regional Commission. He enjoys reading, writing, and public speaking.
Brandi Sieber, Gramercy, LA
Brandi, a senior, has been involved with many organizations such as BETA, Relay for Life, pageants, and 4-H. Through 4-H, she had held many leadership roles such as President on a local and parish level and Secretary on a state level. Her work with 4-H has led Brandi to a position as a member of the Board of her local Keep St. James Parish Beautiful.
Reina Terada, Wilmington, NC
Having moved to the United States from Japan, Reina has noticed the differences between the two cultures, one of them being the methods of material conservation. Applying her knowledge about recycling in both nations, she has taught classes for more than 100 middle school and high school students in her county to raise awareness about the risks relating to ignorance about solid waste management, and to introduce students to recycling methods around the world.
Sarah Young, Pflugerville, TX
Sarah, a junior, is the Youth Director for a youth-driven nonprofit called Discover Green. She shares her passion for making a difference “right here, right now” with those around her through various events she runs during the year, including tree plantings throughout Central and Southern Texas, in Ghana in 2012, and in Iceland in 2013. Sarah is also involved in Girl Scouts, 4-H, the city of Pflugerville – Parks and Recreation Commission and the Lower Colorado River Authority as a Water Quality Monitor. Having earned her Girl Scout Gold Award, Keep Texas Beautifuls’ Youth Award of Excellence and Texas One Star Foundation’s First Lady Rising Star Award, Sarah is committed to being a role model to others.
About the Youth Advisory Council
Through the generous support of the Wm. Wrigley Jr. Company Foundation, YAC members will be able to partner with like-minded youth with unique perspectives from across the country and learn about approaches for engaging youth in community service.
For more information,
Senior Director, Affiliate Development