Keep America Beautiful

Education Partners

Education is the starting point for sustainable environmental behaviors.

In 2011-2012, Keep America Beautiful reached more than 2.1 million youth through either a Keep America Beautiful formal classroom or informal educational presentation or project. Keep America Beautiful's resources provide activities and tools to teach the fundamentals of litter prevention, preserving our resources, responsible solid waste management, and how to reduce, reuse and recycle. Keep America Beautiful educational resources have been designed using behavior change methodology. Many of its educational programs are sponsored by leading corporations, and are developed with the help of other national organizations and federal agencies. All educational materials are designed to be locally adaptable to meet the needs of individual communities.

With the support from the Wm. Wrigley Jr. Company Foundation, Keep America Beautiful completed a two-year process to transform its Waste in Place resource guide, which includes over 100 activities for pre-K to sixth-grade students. The new materials were field-tested in 2011 by over 300 educators, who served as an invaluable resource in helping KAB develop its educational tools.

The Waste in Place kit includes multi-dimensional educational learning, including children's books, a board and card games, and story cards. The materials are used nationwide by thousands of teachers to influence positive behavior, to foster social responsibility and respect for the environment, and to enrich their students’ learning experiences.

Youth Advisory Council

Keep America Beautiful's National Youth Advisory Council provides is a unique opportunity for 10 high school students from diverse backgrounds across the nation to participate in a service-learning and leadership development program. Members contribute to and inform Keep America Beautiful on programs while acting as ambassadors and leaders for youth service in their communities.

The National Youth Advisory Council creates a framework for youth engagement. Keep America Beautiful annually seeks members to infuse the youth voice into our programs and build on the model of youth leadership seen in our local and state affiliates. Members serve as ambassadors and represent Keep America Beautiful within their community and state. Youth Advisory Council members will participate in the Keep America Beautiful National Conference and produce materials to distribute to its affiliate network. Funded in partnership with Wrigley Company Foundation.

For Youth Advisory Council Resources, see right hand column under Tips, Tools & Resources.

Friends of KAB

Here are some of the organizations that support KAB's educational work through partnerships:


     Tips, Tools & Resources

  • Learn more about the 2015/2016 Youth Advisory Council!
  • Click here to download Leader and Youth Guides to Service and Project-based Learning.

Waste in Place

Waste in Place is supported by the Wm. Wrigley Jr. Company Foundation

Wrigley Foundation




Purchase the Waste in Place resource guide.