(September 22, 2016) – Keep America Beautiful, the nation’s leading nonprofit which envisions a country where every community is a clean, green and beautiful place to live, has selected Elena Prenovitz of Erie, Pennsylvania as one of 10 high school students from across the country to serve on its fifth national Youth Advisory Council (YAC), which is sponsored through the generous support of the Wrigley Company Foundation. Selections were based on a rigorous application and interview process.
Elena, a senior and returning YAC member, is a member of the Northwest Pennsylvania Collegiate Academy Green Team and is in charge of the school recycling program. She is involved in several community beautification and urban gardening projects throughout the Erie School District. Currently, she is working on a rainwater collection system that will provide a more sustainable means of watering urban gardens. Along with her environmental work, Elena has a sectional ranking in the United States Tennis Association. She recently traveled to San Diego and participated in the Junior World Team Tennis National Championships. She knows that goals can be reached through hard work, determination, and passion.
The YAC creates a national framework for youth engagement, building on the model of youth service with Keep America Beautiful community-based affiliates. The newly-selected YAC members will provide an original point of view in assessing Keep America Beautiful programs, implement local service projects, and will act as ambassadors and leaders for youth service in their respective communities and states. Goals for 2016-2017 include raising awareness and increasing participation in youth-oriented Keep America Beautiful Schools initiatives to end littering. Over the past two years, the Keep America Schools initiative has produced an average 34 percent decrease in littering on participating school campuses, helping to significantly change littering behavior among elementary, middle and high school students.
“Keep Pennsylvania Beautiful believes that our younger generation is the key to a cleaner more sustainable environment. We congratulate Elena for earning this prestigious position for the second year and wish her great success with her environmental work with Keep America Beautiful and beyond,” stated Shannon Reiter, Keep Pennsylvania Beautiful President.
Through the generous support of the Wrigley Company Foundation, Youth Advisory Council members will meet with their counterparts from across the country via monthly conference calls and at Keep America Beautiful’s National Conference in Washington, D.C., which takes place January 24-26, 2017. YAC members also will be provided with grants to produce a community service project in their own community.
About Keep Pennsylvania Beautiful
Keep Pennsylvania Beautiful’s mission is empowering Pennsylvanians to make our communities clean and beautiful. Since 1990, Keep Pennsylvania Beautiful and its volunteers have removed over 121 million pounds of litter from Pennsylvania’s roadways, greenways, parks, forests, and waterways. To learn more about Keep Pennsylvania Beautiful, visit www.keeppabeautiful.org.
About Keep America Beautiful
At Keep America Beautiful, we want to ensure that beauty is our lasting signature. A leading national nonprofit, Keep America Beautiful inspires and educates people to take action every day to improve and beautify their community environment. We envision a country where every community is a clean, green, and beautiful place to live. Established in 1953, Keep America Beautiful provides the expertise, programs and resources to help people end littering, improve recycling, and beautify America’s communities. The organization is driven by the work and passion of more than 600 community-based Keep America Beautiful affiliates, millions of volunteers, and the support of corporate partners, municipalities, elected officials, and individuals. To learn how you can donate or take action, visit kab.org. Follow us on Twitter and Instagram, like us on Facebook, or view us on YouTube.
About the Wrigley Company Foundation
The mission of the Wrigley Company Foundation is to help improve the health of people and our planet through sustainable initiatives, including those focused on environmental stewardship, as well as local needs that ensure a healthy community. Since its founding in 1987, the Wrigley Company Foundation has donated more than $66 million USD to charitable organizations improving lives around the world. For more information, visit www.wrigley.com and www.mars.com.