Youth Advisory Council

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

The 2019/2020 National YAC Applications are now OPEN:


Madison Bell, Somerville, Tennessee: Maddie, a junior, attends Fayette Academy in Somerville, Tennessee, where she is a member of the National Honor Society, Mu Alpha Theta, Performing Arts, and the garden co-chair of the Ecology Club. She is committed to serving her community by participating in numerous service projects with her school’s Ecology Club ranging from volunteering at the local food pantry to educating elementary students about recycling. Maddie also has a passion for working with children and adults with special needs and has volunteered at Camp Able, a summer camp for children with special needs every summer since her freshman year.

Conor Dougherty, Cape Coral, Florida:  Conor, Chairman of the Keep Lee County Beautiful Youth Council, is extremely passionate about the environment. His love for the environment was sparked during his freshman science project, which was on the detrimental impact ocean acidification has on coral and oyster shells. Since then, he has written several research papers about different environmental crises. The positions Conor is most proud of are serving as the Executive Board President of his school's Student Government Association, Captain of his varsity rowing team, and President/Founding Member of a club called Project Sutton, which raises money for students in his school whose families can't afford food during the holidays.

Alexandria Henson, Cape Coral, Florida: Growing up camping, boating, and fishing on the coastal waters of Southwest Florida, Alex's outdoor experiences have motivated her to become an engaged conservation activist who strives to protect endangered seas and fragile eco-systems. Alex proudly serves as the 2018-2019 Chairwoman of Keep Florida Beautiful's Youth Advisory Council and is the current Chairwoman-Elect of Keep Lee County Beautiful’s Youth Advisory Council. Inspired and energized by participating in the last five Youth Ocean Conservation Summits at Mote Marine Laboratory, Alex founded her own public outreach program to help educate and captivate others. Alex’s grant winning program, “Project L.E.A.D.”, aims to mobilize a network of local youth to create positive environmental solutions. A five-time Carson Scholar, former Student Government President, previous 4-H Club Secretary, and Rotary Youth Leadership Award recipient.

Liam Horne, Arlington, Texas: Liam, a senior, attends Uplift Summit International Preparatory where he currently serves as President of the Mayor's Youth Commission of Arlington. He has been a member of the Commission since 9th grade, and he uses this platform to form new ideas and find ways to give back to his city. Liam founded a club at his school called Keep Summit Beautiful and has an Adopt-A-Highway in his name. Throughout the year, he also volunteers with River Legacy, a foundation that looks to preserve the Trinity River ecosystem, Arlington Memorial Hospital and Miracle League. Liam plans to continue giving back to Arlington by keeping the vitality of the community and environment alive.

Nathan Lissy, Chapel Hill, North Carolina: Nathan, a sophomore at East Chapel Hill High School, is an impassioned about spreading awareness for and reducing air pollution to make local communities more livable. He is a founding member of his middle school environmental club, which worked to increase awareness for air pollution caused by idling cars. His program received award recognition from the Town of Chapel Hill and Clean Air Carolina. In his free time, Nathan volunteers for the ReCYCLEry, a nonprofit organization that provides community members with affordable and environmentally friendly transportation (bikes). Nathan is also an active member on his church youth council and plays baseball at his high school.

Brian Mecinas, Phoenix, Arizona: Brian, a senior, is active within his school's chapter of HOSA - Future Health Professionals, serving as its Treasurer. He also studies Bioscience within Paradise Valley's Center for Research in Engineering Science and Technology (CREST). In his spare time, he explores his passion for international relations and service through his club, New Global Citizens, providing youth with globally-themed service projects, guest speakers, and activities aligned with the United Nations' Sustainable Development Goals. The club’s work in supporting English as a Second Language (ESL) students at their school was recognized with the Arizona Public Service/Phoenix Suns STEM Team Community Award. Brian is also an intern at the International Rescue Committee's Phoenix office and an alumnus of Hugh O'Brian Youth Leadership Arizona.

Lakin Stevens, High Point, North Carolina: Lakin, a senior, is eager to participate with Keep America Beautiful’s Youth Advisory Council to help work toward a more environmentally conscious future. Her passions range from being an avid music lover and amateur photographer to being an advocate for a variety of issues facing our world, such as environmentally-related issues as well as school safety. Among her favorite subjects to study are language, philosophy, psychology and sustainability.

Christina Weatherford, Oklahoma City, Oklahoma: Christina, a senior, has been on Keep Oklahoma City Beautiful's Teen Board for three years. She is the President of Moore High School's Key Club, a Youth Lobbyist for the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation, and is an active member of her school and district leadership committees. Christina enjoys volunteering around her community and continues to work towards establishing programs and other opportunities increasing sustainability and environmental awareness.

Contact Katie Joblon at for more information about the Youth Advisory Council.