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Youth and Educator Awards

Nominations for the 2019 Keep Texas Beautiful Awards recognize the efforts made by youth and educators working to improve and beautify their communities. First-place winners in each category are recognized at the annual KTB Conference, receiving a cash prize and award. 

Congrats to our 2019 Youth & Educator Awards Winners.

Keep Texas Beautiful Youth and Educator Award Winners

Ruthe Jackson Awards: 

Youth Individual: Soham Datar, Baytown

Youth Organization: Weslaco High School Family Career and Community Leaders of America

Sadie Ray Graff Awards: 

Educator: Amber Bermudez, Grand Prairie 

Educational Institution: Alvin Independent School District

See the full list of winners

Read more about last year's winners on our blog.


Recognizing the efforts and leadership of youth (as individuals and their collective efforts as a group or team) and youth-oriented organizations to beautify the community and create cleaner, greener campuses, parks and neighborhoods. 

  • Youth Individual is defined as a student, scout, youth advisory board member, etc.
  • Youth Organization is defined as a scout group, student-led organization, youth advisory board, etc.
Recognizing the efforts of educators and educational institutions that provide instruction/programming to Pre K-college students to encourage youth involvement and promote the KTB mission through environmental education.
  • Educator is defined as a formal or informal instructor, school staff, volunteer, etc.
  • Educational Institution is defined as a school, non-profit providing educational programming, school district, off-campus club, etc.


  • Background/History: Provide a brief history or background of the nominee as it pertains to the application. (10 points, 300 words maximum)
  • Leadership: Explain how the nominee’s leadership efforts impacted the success of a project or program. (20 points, 300 words maximum)
  • Impact: List how activities improved, beautified and preserved the visual aspects of your community, helped to positively change people's attitudes and behaviors, or minimized the impact of waste and promoted responsible waste handling. Add any statistical information, if applicable. (20 points, 300 words maximum)
  • Innovation: Describe unique and/or creative ways the nominee went above and beyond the call of duty. (20 points, 300 words maximum)
  • KTB Mission: Describe how the nominee supports the KTB mission, “to inspire and empower Texans to keep our communities clean and beautiful.” (20 points, 300 words maximum)
  • Supplemental Materials: Used to substantiate the responses in your written summary. Upload 2-5 items, such as letters of support, pictures from events, flyers promoting an event, scanned page of a notebook, etc. (10 points)

Application Fee

Each entry must include a $15 nomination fee in the form of check or credit card. Credit card payments should be submitted through the online awards system; make checks payable to Keep Texas Beautiful. A maximum of 5 nominations is allowed per category.

Awards Announcement & Presentation

Award winners will be posted on the KTB website (www.ktb.org) and recognized at the annual Keep Texas Beautiful Conference held June 18-20 in Rockwall, Texas.

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