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.


The Young Texan Ambassador (YTA) program supports the next generation of community and environmental leaders.

The program serves youth ages 15-25 for a 9-month service learning and environmental education program. Each ambassador completes a cleanup and a capstone service project in their community.

Participants value connecting with other like-minded young people who share their passion for the environment. The program has been particularly successful in attracting young adults from diverse backgrounds.

The program has been replicated in at least four other states using our program design as a model, and we have hosted virtual meetups for the Young Texas Ambassadors to meet with their counterparts from other states.

YTA member Claudio Amato assembled these volunteers for a cleanup in 2023

photo credit Claudia Amato, 2023

The 2024-25 Young Texan Ambassador Cohort Applications Open May 1, 2024.



Geographic Groups

Leadership Council


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 and 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

One of the things I love most about YTA is the way it has given me the chance to connect my passion for the environment with other passions and values in my life. This is not something I was necessarily expecting coming into YTA, but it has made my experience this past year all that much more valuable.

Sydney BrownYTA member 2022-23

"The Young Texan Ambassador helped me learn many skills, such as leadership, communication, and planning. These skills not only have helped me in coordinating cleanups, but they have also helped me vocalize my opinions in school and social settings, and by building rapport with local organizations."

Ocean LandreneauYTA member 2023-24

"I am extremely passionate about the environment and believe YTA is the perfect program for me to engage in as it has opened several opportunities to share my love for the environment with others in my community."

Alisha SenghaniYTA member 2023-24

Meet the 2023-2024 Young Texan Ambassadors

Abigail So

Frisco, TX

Abhiram Reddy

Allen, TX

Alisha Senghani

Plano, TX

Aishwaryaa Udeshi

Sugar Land, TX

Anika Novak

Colleyville, TX

Archana Annampedu

Plano, TX

Ariel Piper Devitt

Willis, TX

Carla Wu

Katy, TX

Shreya Halbe

Elsa, TX

Carson Wood

Levelland, TX

Chigo Ndu

Dallas, TX

Christian Cockrell

Northlake, TX

Claudia Amato

Plainview, TX

Daniel Thomas

Colleyville, TX

Emma Holland

San Antonio, TX

Ishika Kothari

Plano, TX

Jennifer Cox

Ennis, TX

June Kim

Austin, TX

Kate Chavez

El Paso, TX

Katia Martinez

Mission, TX

Kylee Adkinson

Temple, TX

Lenci Wells

Nolanville, TX

Lily Springborn

Dallas, TX

Lisa Martinez

Houston, TX

Marcel Ramos

Grand Prairie, TX

Marleigh Alvarado

Muleshoe, TX

Matthew Jewel

Arlington, TX

Nevaeh McFarlane

Converse, TX

Nicole Imola Devitt

Willis, TX

Ocean Landreneau

Clute, TX

Priya Patel

Murphy, TX

Ria Jain

Sugarland, TX

Saanvi Mylavarapu

Plano, TX

Saathvik Rao

Round Rock, TX

Samiha Rashid

Baytown, TX

Samyutha Talagadadeevi

Irving, TX

Sierra Vargas

McAllen, TX

Sowmya Velayutham

McKinney, TX

Sreegeetika Surapareddy

Katy, TX

Sydney Brown

Dallas, TX

Vera Logose

Crowley, TX

Victoria Anette Garcia

Pharr, TX

Viviana Vertiz

Allen, TX

Zacarias Molina

Eagle Pass, TX

Zixi Chen

Katy, TX

Esteban A. Sanchez

Lago Vista, TX

Angel Akujor

Houston, TX


Download the YTA Flyer

To share with youth in your community. Available in Eng, Span, Vie, and Cmn.

Blog post: The Experience of a Young Texan Ambassador

Read from a program alumnus

Blog post: Planning a Cleanup Event

Read from a program alumnus

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The Young Texan Ambassador program is supported with funding by: