Teens Invited to Apply for Keep PA Beautiful Young Ambassadors Program

(WVIA) Keep Pennsylvania Beautiful and PennDOT introduced the Young Ambassadors of Pennsylvania program last year to empower teens, keep communities clean and foster leadership.

Brady McNamara was an ambassador last year. She established a student-run recycling program at her school, Central Columbia High School. She says it wasn’t easy coordinating the logistics of simply putting recycling bins next to garbage bins in the school.

“It’s so much harder than people think, just trying to change the status quo. It’s so easy not to recycle,” she said. “But just taking the steps to change something like that is really important for young generations to be a part of.”

The recycling project was part of her community assessment and presentation. Ambassadors are required to attend at least six live virtual sessions throughout the year on topics related to the environment and civic engagement.

They will also host and participate in a cleanup event and an educational activity. Brady went to a preschool class and taught young children to care for the Earth.

Kylie McCutcheon is the affiliate coordinator for Keep PA Beautiful.

“We know that the students are constantly at the forefront of initiatives to help change people’s attitudes and behaviors about environmental stewardship and why people should care about their environment,” McCutcheon said. “And we want to help foster that passion in them, while providing them with the tools and research to effectively make a lasting change.”

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Learn more about the Young Ambassadors of Pennsylvania program. Applications are currently open September 14 for the 2023-2024 school year.