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 and experiences.

The program has been replicated in at least four other states using our program design as a model, and we host 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 are open from May 1 – July 15 2024.



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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 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


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

Community Projects

Here are some projects completed by the 2023-24 Young Texan Ambassadors.

Abigail So, Toilet Paper Roll Starter Seed Pot Packages

I worked with the district’s sustainability director to collect 500 toilet paper tubes from across the district. We worked with student volunteers to put seed pot packages together and distribute them to schools with gardens. The packages consisted of toilet paper rolls folded into pots, soil, and vegetable plant seeds for 4 school gardens. “

Christian Cockrell, Rewilding Station 511

The project’s goal is to create a Texas native plant pollinator garden that will serve the community as a piece of beautification, education, and restoration. The garden also provides important habitat for local wildlife such as pollinators, birds, and small mammals. This will support local biodiversity and should increase the number of these local species in the area.”

Lily Springborn & Sydney Brown, Pearce Courtyard Restoration

We learned a lot about how much effort goes into planning an event like this one. It took multiple failed attempts at contacting businesses, countless donation application forms, and many hours at plant stores to receive all the supplies we needed.  Our favorite part of the project was getting to see the result. The courtyard is now a beautiful place and we have already seen more people spending time in it during our lunch period.”

Samiha Rashid, Beauty Starts with a Seed

The biggest takeaway from this experience was taking the initiative to host a volunteering project. I have always been the one signing up to volunteer, never the one giving out the signup sheets. My favorite part was arranging the project with the city’s team because I learned how much effort and teamwork it takes to organize one event.

Claudia Amato,  Bunny Buddies

I partnered with our local Hale Literacy Council to host a reading and craft time at our town library. Together we read Judy Moody saves the world to learn about the importance of recycling and how it can be done. I also used this time to introduce the mission of KTB and our local affiliate. We ended it by recycling toilet paper rolls to make bunny buddies to show how we can use the materials at home to make other things, Each family got to take home a bunny buddy and a copy of the book. Overall, this project educated young minds about recycling since they are the future of our planet and introduced the initiative within homes.”

Marleigh Alvarado,  Community Clean Up

I learned a lot about teamwork and collaboration while working on my community project. Next time, I would focus more on planning and organizing to ensure a smoother process. My favorite part was seeing the positive impact our project had on the community.”

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