Gwinnett Clean & Beautiful Announces 2020-2021 Green Youth Advisory Council

Eco-Focused Nonprofit Enlists the Aid of Local Public, Private and Homeschool High School Youth Leaders to Help Shape its Policies and Programs for an Up-and-Coming Generation

 

Lawrenceville, Ga. – September 22, 2020 – With a vast number of its programs and events either involving local youth or geared to families, school green teams and civic groups like Girls & Boy Scouts of America, it makes all the sense in the world to look toward youth leaders for key insights on how to engage a new generation of environmental stewards. To that end, Gwinnett Clean & Beautiful (GC&B) – a Keep America affiliate – is proud to have its own Green Youth Advisory Council to help evolve programs and engage other young people within the community. The applications are in and the eco-focused nonprofit is proud to announce its Class of 2020-2021 Green Youth Advisory Council members.

The newest members of Gwinnett Clean & Beautiful’s Green Youth Advisory Council are:

  • Ariella Ayenesazan, Freshman – Peachtree Ridge HS
  • Angela Chan, Senior – Norcross HS
  • Suraj Chatoth, Sophomore – North Gwinnett HS
  • Hannah Cook, Junior – Brookwood HS
  • Tanner Dilworth, Junior – Mountain View HS
  • Daniel Jung, Junior – Mill Creek HS
  • Emily Laycock, Junior – Mill Creek HS
  • Jack Prewitt, Sophomore – Gwinnett School of Mathematics, Science and Technology
  • Sanjeena Shrestha, Freshman – Parkview HS
  • Miles Simmons, Sophomore – Archer HS
  • Abram Toledo, Senior – Berkmar HS
  • Vicky Tong, Senior – Berkmar HS
  • William Yang, Senior – Norcross HS
  • Logan Zimmerman, Junior – Discovery HS
  • Eliana Morales, Senior – Discovery HS
  • Danielle Chun, Freshman – Mill Creek HS
  • Samara West, Junior – Paul Duke STEM HS

The 2020-2021 Green Youth Advisory Council also represents the return of four members:

  • Christa Campbell, Senior – Collins Hill HS
  • Harper Randolph, Senior – Parkview HS
  • Cory Shin, Senior – Mill Creek HS
  • Morgan Williams, Senior – North Gwinnett HS

“Our Green Youth Advisory Council is an environmental and sustainability service-learning and leadership development program unlike any other,” said Schelly Marlatt, Executive Director for Gwinnett Clean & Beautiful. “Based upon a national model set by Keep America Beautiful, it offers a unique hands-on opportunity for high school students from diverse backgrounds to become agents for change on environmental issues that impact us both locally and globally. To expand our reach to an up-and-coming generation of environmental stewards, we also look to our council members to act as ‘brand ambassadors’ and youth service leaders in their communities. This year’s class represents 13 different high schools – talk about expanding our reach! We witness time and again the power of bringing young minds and hearts together – particularly those with a shared passion for their environment. They can move mountains. We can’t wait to see what this newest Council can do!”

Involvement in the Green Youth Advisory Council provides its members with the opportunity to:

  • Develop leadership skills while engaging in creative work focused on litter prevention, beautification, community greening, waste reduction, recycling, food insecurity and more
  • Collaborate with like-minded peers with unique perspectives from across the county
  • Assist with the design and implementation of environmental program initiatives for engaging youth in community service
  • Act as a GC&B ambassador to their school and community by engaging youth and county leaders to promote sustainability, environmental literacy, and civic engagement
  • Earn service hours and a letter of recommendation for college, future employment and more
  • High school seniors involved in the Green Youth Advisory Council will be considered for a $1,000 post-secondary scholarship

To learn more about the Green Youth Advisory Council and other Gwinnett Clean & Beautiful programs, please visit www.gwinnettcb.org.

About Gwinnett Clean & Beautiful:  Gwinnett Clean & Beautiful Services, Inc. (GCB) is a Keep America Beautiful affiliate and award-winning 501(c)(3) charitable organization. It boasts an expansive community-based network dedicated to finding long-term solutions to environmental and quality of life issues through individual action. The organization is guided by a Citizens Advisory Board that represents all sectors of the Gwinnett County community. A nationally recognized leader in creating cleaner, greener and more livable communities throughout Gwinnett, GCB involves more than 100,000 volunteers annually to clean and restore public places, recycle more, protect watersheds and develop the next generation of environmental stewards. To learn more about Gwinnett Clean & Beautiful and its mission of “Connecting People and Resources for a Sustainable Gwinnett,” please visit www.GwinnettCB.org.

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