Young Texan Ambassadors

We invite Texans ages 15-25 to help us keep Texas beautiful. Ambassadors are passionate about the environment and are committed to creating the best place to live, work and play through volunteerism and leadership.

Overview

The Young Texan Ambassador Program seeks to inspire and empower youth to keep our communities clean and beautiful.

Our goal is to provide youth ambassadors with resources

 

  • 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 communities

Requirements

  • Commit to one year of service as an Ambassador
  • Read & Sign the Handbook
  • Attend the virtual orientation session.
  • Attend at least 2 virtual or in person educational workshops.
  • Complete one community project and showcase that project by the end of the program year.
  • Organize and participate in 1 cleanup event per year. Submit a wrap up report for your event.
  • Share pictures of your event(s) and efforts on your social media and tag KTB.

Benefits

  • Opportunities to engage with and learn from young Texans across the state
  • Education about solid waste issues affecting the state and how you can help make a difference
  • Gain connections with local environmental community leaders
  • Dedicated support from the KTB team
  • Opportunities for leadership and development
  • Resume booster and community service hour fulfillment
  • Resources and tools to help you lead your own cleanup efforts
  • Cleanup supplies including: trash bag, gloves, hand sanitizer, masks, KTB bandana, KTB and DMWT swag

Committee Opportunities

  • Cleanups
    • This committee is responsible for evaluating the cleanup program and ensuring members are up to date on their responsibilities.
  • Events
    • Plans and implements fun social events for YTA members
  • Membership and Recruitment
    • Works alongside KTB staff to recruit new YTA members each year and oversee membership requirements of current members.
  • Social Media and Marketing
    • Oversees social media and marketing initiatives for the YTA program.
  • Workshops and Training
    • Plans and implements educational workshops.

Leadership Council

  • A small number of participants will have an opportunity to join the Leadership Council to advise and lead the YTA program.
  • The Council will meet monthly beginning in September, for 1-1.5 hours.
  • Within the Leadership Council, there are four (4) available officer roles:
    • Co-Chairs (2)
    • Historian
    • Marketing Manager
  • One council member will be chosen to be a liaison to the Keep Texas Beautiful Board of Directors.

FAQ

Who can be a Young Texan Ambassador?
    • Any individual living in Texas ages 15-25 years old can apply to be a Young Texan Ambassador. KTB is committed to ensuring equitable representation among program participants. Throughout our work, we support what makes our communities unique, including race, ethnicity, culture, socio-economic background, gender, sexual orientation, age, and physical ability. We commit to aligning our culture and operations to be a beacon of diversity, equity, inclusion and belonging.
Do I have to live in Texas to serve as an ambassador?
    • Yes, we require that all ambassadors be a  Texas resident for the entire duration of the program year. Questions regarding this? Contact ambassadors@ktb.org
Are Ambassadors required to use social media?
    • Yes, Ambassadors must use at least one (1) social media account in order to promote Keep Texas Beautiful.
Are Ambassadors required to participate in in-person events?
    • Attend or organize at least one (1) organized cleanups in my area and assist with the planning/organization of a cleanup with a local affiliate (if your area has an affiliate). That event can take place safely using social distancing and utilizing proper PPE. Ambassadors can choose to participate in this event with only family members or in groups of 10 or less. We expect all Ambassadors to follow local and state guidelines in regards to COVID-19 precautions.
When and where will YTA meetings and workshops be held?
    • All required meetings with KTB staff and other ambassadors will be conducted virtually for everyone across the state. Most workshops and meetings will be after school hours.
    • KTB may hold optional in person events in ambassador communities and will follow all local guidelines in regards to COVID-19 precautions.
    • Group meetings can be held in person or virtually, and is up to the discretion of the team.
Is any previous experience required?
    • We accept applicants of all levels of experience and knowledge on environmental issues, leadership skills, and any relevant experience.
How do I apply?
      • Applications open online on May 1, 2023.
What happens after I apply?
    • After your application has been submitted, a KTB staff member will reach out to schedule a 20-30 minute virtual or phone interview. Past YTA members who completed all of their requirements last year will not be required to interview again.
I still have questions.

Meet The 2022-2023 Young Texan Ambassadors

Abigail So

Frisco, TX

Caleb Harper

Palmer, TX

Angelina Pajeski

Rancho Viejo, TX

Claire Tobia

Cedar Park, Texas

Hannah Lagley

Troy, TX

Jamea Johnson

Grand Prairie, TX

Elise Grimland

College Station, TX

Kebo Nguimbi

Houston, TX

Precious Ayo

Houston, TX

Elizabeth Glasper

Missouri City, TX

Julia Norton

Keller, TX

Jake Archer Mcanelly

Spring Branch, TX

Lilliana Martinez

Laredo, TX

Priscilla Michelle Villarreal

Laredo, TX

Aishwaryaa Udeshi

Sugar Land, TX

Madeline Wright

Amarillo, TX

Jenna Rincon

San Antonio, TX

Madhalasa Iyer

Plano, TX

Sasha Rivera

Elsa, TX

Claudia Amato

Plainview, TX

Shreya Halbe

Elsa, TX

Jenny Sohn

Flower Mound, TX

Maya Murali

Carrollton, TX

Jennifer Cox

Ennis, TX

Sophia Canales

Brownsville, TX

Daniel Fierro Gonzalez

Rancho Viejo, TX

Olla Mokhtar

Arlington, TX

Angel Akujor

Houston, TX

Resources for Cleanup Events

  • When picking up litter, KTB recommends participants to do so responsibly and at their comfort level. Please have available face masks and disposable gloves, and use a litter grabber (when available).

 

  • 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 CDC guidelines surrounding COVID-19.
PPE Litter Cleanup Guidance

How to properly pick up littered personal protective equipment (PPE).

  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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 and #YTA on Facebook, Twitter, and/or Instagram.

 

  • 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.
Looking for more information about how to enter your cleanup data?

The Event Wrap-Up Guide includes information about how to use the Litter Database and submit your event data.

Litter Database User Guide

A guide to using the Texas Litter Database

Event Wrap-Up Guide for YTA

Post event requirements

Training Webinar

A deep dive into the new Texas Litter Database

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The community that comes with this program is the best thing about it. Getting to meet and work with people from all over Texas with the same passion for the environment as you is such a wonderful experience. I am so excited as I begin my Second Year as Co-Chair of the Leadership Council and recommend this program for all youth!

Hannah LagleyYTA member 2021-22 & 2022-23

The impact of Keep Texas Beautiful and its affiliates is what inspired me to become a Young Texan Ambassador. Leading by example is a crucial necessity to what our planet’s future of life depends on. I recommend this program to any young Texan that is motivated and desires to make a change in today’s environment.

Priscilla VillarealYTA member 2022-23

I had an amazing experience hosting my first cleanup as a Keep Texas Beautiful Young Texan Ambassador! I was proud to see elementary-aged school kids come out to volunteer with us. I think it's beneficial to include youth in trash cleanups because it teaches the importance of sustainability at a young age.

Hannah Lagley