Press Release: Gwinnett Clean & Beautiful Announces Newest Members of Green Youth Advisory Council

In Partnership with Keep America Beautiful, GCB Adds 19 New Members to Lead Youth Initiatives in Gwinnett County through 2017-2018 School Year

Lawrenceville, Ga., September 29, 2017 – After accepting dozens of applications and recommendations from Gwinnett County Public Schools high school students and administrators, Gwinnett Clean & Beautiful (GCB) announced today the “Class of 2017-2018” for its Green Youth Advisory Council. Keep America Beautiful (KAB), the nation’s iconic community improvement nonprofit organization for which GCB is proud to be an affiliate, designed a national model for the Youth Advisory Council (YAC) initiative to create a framework for youth engagement and environmental stewardship throughout the U.S. Having successfully beta-tested its own YAC program in Georgia in 2014, Gwinnett Clean & Beautiful’s newest group of 19 promising student-leaders represents the local eco-focused nonprofit organization’s fourth Green Youth Advisory Council (GYAC).

“All of our Green Youth Advisory Councils in the past have been led by outstanding students within our community,” said Schelly Marlatt, Executive Director for Gwinnett Clean & Beautiful. “We are proud to continue to build upon Keep America Beautiful’s remarkable model of youth service alongside other KAB affiliates all across the nation. Designed to engage youth in the local community, GYAC Council Members will participate in Keep America Beautiful-sanctioned programs aimed at educating youth and changing behavior to help end littering, improve recycling, and beautify our cities. In addition, Council members will provide a fresh perspective in assessing our current programs, while designing and implementing their own local service projects and acting as ambassadors for youth service throughout Gwinnett County. It’s an incredible opportunity for these young students to benefit from service-learning and leadership development.”

During their time in the Council, GYAC members will also collaborate with other youth and government leaders to promote sustainability and civic engagement throughout the Gwinnett County community. At the end of the school year, Gwinnett Clean & Beautiful will award a $1,000 post-secondary scholarship to the GYAC member who best demonstrates exceptional leadership and program development skills.

Gwinnett Clean & Beautiful’s Green Youth Advisory Council Members for the 2017-2018 School Year are:

  • Sarah Parker – Archer High School
  • Jaqueline Sanchez – Berkmar High School
  • Joshua Tyrell and Juwon Slater – Central Gwinnett High School
  • Theresa Argott and Malika Montgomery – Dacula High School
  • Alondra Montiel and Kathy Ho – Discovery High School
  • Cameron Karambelas – Grayson High School
  • Abigail Mathews and Justin Fung – Gwinnett Online Campus
  • Lauryn Saddler and Kevin Chen – Gwinnett School of Math, Science, and Technology
  • Hanh Bui – Meadowcreek High School
  • Sarah Grace Fanczi – Mill Creek High School
  • Jasing Yang, Kimberly Cang and Yung Ning Jao – Norcross High School
  • Celine Johnson – North Gwinnett High School

To learn more about the Green Youth Advisory Council at Gwinnett Clean & Beautiful, please visit www.gwinnettcb.org/green-youth-advisory-council.

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, please visit www.GwinnettCB.org.

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