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Young Texan Ambassadors

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Applications are now closed. 

The Young Texan Ambassador Program invites Texans ages 15-25 to help us keep Texas beautiful. Ambassadors are passionate about the environment and are committed to making Texas the best place to live, work and play through volunteerism and leadership. Applications were due on March 5. See our incoming 2021-2022 Young Texan Ambassadors team below!

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Ready to take your volunteerism to the next level and help better the Texas environment?

The Young Texan Ambassador Program seeks to inspire and empower youth to keep our communities clean and beautiful by providing them with resources to:

  • Educate on the importance of litter prevention and other environmental efforts 
  • Spread awareness and organize efforts in their local communities 
  • Become leaders and capacity builders in their communitiesCopy of GCAA 2017 Photo Credit Keep FortWorth Beautiful

 What are the requirements? 

  • Commit to one year of service as an Ambassador.
  • Represent and uphold the mission and values of Keep Texas Beautiful.
  • Adhere to local and state ordinances in regards to COVID-19.
  • Attend the Keep Texas Beautiful virtual orientation and review the Ambassador handbook.
  • Attend at least 4 workshops throughout the year.
  • Actively strive to keep Texas beautiful through cleanup efforts and spreading awareness.
  • Organize and participate in at least 1 litter cleanup event and submit a wrap-up report for each event.
  • Share pictures of your event on your social media and tag Keep Texas Beautiful and other applicable sponsors.

What are the benefits?

  • Receive 1 cleanup kit that includes:
    • Ambassador t-shirt and bandana
    • Trash bag, gloves, hand sanitizer, masks
    • Don't mess with Texas® activity book and swag
    • KTB swag
  • Resources and tools to help you lead your own cleanup efforts and engage your community
  • Opportunities to network with and learn from ambassadors across the state 
  • Dedicated support from the KTB team
  • Opportunities for leadership and development  
  • Résumé booster and community service hour fulfillment

Cleanup Resources for Ambassadors

  • Ready to organize your own Cleanup event? Here's what to do next:

    1. Review COVID-19 Guidelines 

    When picking up litter, KTB recommends participants to do so responsibly and at their comfort level. Please have participants wear a face mask and disposable gloves, and use a litter grabber (when available). Maintain at least 6 feet of distance from passersby and those not from your immediate household. 

    When participants are finished collecting litter, please make sure their trash bags are securely tied to protect sanitation workers. Advise them to immediately wash their hands with soap and water and hand sanitizer after collecting litter. Please have them dispose of their single-use face masks and disposable gloves properly and in the waste bin.  Please follow all CDCl guidelines surrounding COVID-19. 

    Additional guidelines and resources can be found on the KTB COVID-19 page. 

    2. Pick a Location
    Identify a location in your community that could be cleaned and that is safe and accessible. Come up with a plan to dispose of the trash and recyclables you collect properly. Visit the site in advance of the cleanup date to determine where to set up a check-in station, where to leave bags of trash and recyclables and what areas volunteers will clean.

    3. Register Your Event with Keep Texas Beautiful
    Use this form to request your cleanup supplies and materials. You must also register your event in our events calendar

    4. Contact Your Community
    Encourage friends, family and colleagues to get involved and help organize the cleanup. Create a Facebook event so interested volunteers can RSVP, and you can easily communicate with attendees. Spread the word through email, social media, and e-invites. You can also print and post event flyers in the area.

    Resources

    To help you communicate cleanup guidance to your affiliate volunteers and community members, we have created these printable resources that include our cleanup guidance and how to safely remove disposable gloves.

    PPE Litter Cleanup Guidance - How to properly pick up littered personal protective equipment (PPE).
    Individual Cleanup Guidance - Recommendations for individuals and households to participate in cleanups.
  • Ready to start cleaning up? Here's what to do next.

    Set Up
    Arrive early to set up and post appropriate signage for attendees. At your check-in station, ensure you have pens, pencils and sign-in sheets ready for your volunteers.

    What to Tell Volunteers
    This will depend on the type of event your hosting. Be prepared for everything. Make sure group leaders have a volunteer welcome and safety speech to give. For cleanups, provide a volume to weight estimation sheet and data card. Consider other things you might want from volunteers, such as a photo release waiver.

    Establish a point-person to stay at the check-in station in case of health emergencies or any late arrivals.

    Document the Cleanup
    Take before and after photos of the cleanup site as well as shots of your volunteers in action and a final group picture with all of the trash collected. You can submit these with your data card or tag @KeepTXBeautiful online with  #GreatAmericanCleanup.
    If you're hosting a cleanup, remind volunteers to review the information they entered into the Data Cards and then make sure they submit! Collect all completed paper data forms to submit to Keep Texas Beautiful. Ensure all trash is left in the designated drop-off location and that no materials are left behind as you leave the cleanup location. 


    Resources

  • Finished sweeping up? Here's what to do next.

    Submit your Wrap-Up Report
    Wrap-up reports must be submitted TWO WEEKS after your event. After your volunteers submit their data online, encourage them to share it on social media and with their local press! We have a great resource to help you with closing out your cleanup - How to Wrap Up your Cleanup.

    If you have any questions, or would like to share photos or highlights, feel free to reach out to Keep Texas Beautiful:

    Email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
    Mail: Keep Texas Beautiful
    Attn: Don’t mess with Texas® Trash-Off
    8850 Business Park Drive, Suite 200
    Austin, TX 78759

    Survey your cleanup team post-event. Encourage everyone to share experiences, stories and pictures about what they saw. This might encourage others to attend future events—and now is the time to start planning. Let them know about your next cleanup; get volunteers onboard while their enthusiasm is high!

    Say Thanks

    Send out an email saying, “Look what we did!” Include how many friends, family and community members joined in and the weight of trash were collected. Celebrate your accomplishment as a cleanup organizers and ocean advocate. Thank you!

    Resource


Meet our Ambassadors

Alexandra Smith

Alexandra Smith

18 | San Marcos

Alyssa Sullivan

Alyssa Sullivan

Texas State University, 22 | San Marcos

 

Ashley Austin

Ashley Austin

Levelland High School, 17 | Levelland
Caleb Harper

Caleb Harper

17 | Parmer
Campbell	Offield

Campbell Offield

Plainview High School, 17 | Plainview
Colin Fuller

Colin Fuller

Smithson Valley High School, 17 | Spring Branch
Cooper Wallace

Cooper Wallace

15 | Levelland
Daveyon Edwards

Daveyon Edwards

20 | Angelton
Elise Grimland

Elise Grimland

Wylie High School, 17 | Abilene
Emilie Hong

Emilie Hong

18 | Dallas
Emma Seymour

Emma Seymour

18 | Port Neches
Faith Cardenas

Faith Cardenas

15 | Nederland
Gina	Merzbacher

Gina Merzbacher

Texas A&M University-Kingsville, 22 | Kingsville
Haley Fisherkeller

Haley Fisherkeller

15 | Keller
Hannah Langley

Hannah Langley

Troy High School, 15 | Troy
Isaiah Williams

Isaiah Williams

University of North Texas, 23 | Denton
Janae Nichols

Janae Nichols

University of Texas at Austin, 21 | Austin
Jason Zamarripa

Jason Zamarripa

16 | Brownsville
Jerron-Michael Arline

Jerron-Michael Arline

18 | Beaumont
Joanne Ma

Joanne Ma

25 | Sugar Land
Julia	Norton

Julia Norton

Keller High School, 16 | Keller
Katie Gay

Katie Gay

St. Edward's University, 18 | Austin
Lauren Forney

Lauren Forney

Taylor High School, 17 | Katy
Lauren Owens

Lauren Owens

19 | El Paso
Lori Chavez

Lori Chavez

15 | San Angelo
Lynn Nakamura

Lynn Nakamura

Jasper High School, 16 | Plano
Madhalasa Iyer

Madhalasa Iyer

Liberty High School 15 | Plano
Madison Sears

Madison Sears

St. Edwards University, 19 | Houston
Michael Kuhry

Michael Kuhry

Smithson Valley Highschool, 16 | Spring Branch
Olivia Winder

Olivia Winder

19 | Harker Heights
Phillip Pham

Phillip Pham

Lakeview Centennial High School, 15 | Garland
Pranavi Reddi

Pranavi Reddi

Centennial High School, 16 | Frisco
Pranaya Raparla

Pranaya Raparla

Obra D. Tompkins High School, 17 | Fulshear
Ryann McAnelly

Ryann McAnelly

Smithson Valley High School, 17 | Spring Branch
Shaili Shouche

Shaili Shouche

Glenda Dawson High School, 16 | Pearland
Shakira Wingate

Shakira Wingate

25 | Killeen
Shreya Halbe

Shreya Halbe

Jasper High School, 15 | Plano
Sofia Diaz

Sofia Diaz

16 | Alvarado
Tanya Magesh

Tanya Magesh

Plano West Senior High School, 16 | Plano
Yerahi Cruz

Yerahi Cruz

18 | Duncanville


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The Young Texan Ambassador Program invites Texans ages 13-25 to help us keep Texas beautiful. Ambassadors are passionate about the environment and are committed to making Texas the best place to live, work and play through volunteerism and leadership. Applications are being accepted January 4 through March 5.

Ready to take your volunteerism to the next level and help better the Texas environment?
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