National Youth Advisory Council Application and Instructions

Keep America Beautiful is accepting applications for the 2020-2021 National Youth Advisory Council through Friday, July 10th 2020. This is a unique opportunity for high school students from diverse backgrounds across the nation to participate in a service-learning and leadership development program. Participants will contribute to and inform Keep America Beautiful on programs while acting as ambassadors and leaders for youth service in their communities. YAC members will produce materials to distribute to the KAB affiliate network and participate in the KAB National Conference. Members will serve as ambassadors and represent KAB within their community.

The National Youth Advisory Council creates a framework for youth engagement. KAB is seeking to infuse the youth voice into our programs and build on the model of youth leadership seen in our local and state affiliates. 

The National Youth Advisory Council will provide youth with the opportunity to:
• Engage in creative work with a nonprofit organization focused on litter prevention, beautification and community greening and waste reduction and recycling
• Partner with like-minded youth with unique perspectives from across the country
• Inform KAB on programs while learning about approaches for engaging youth in community service
• Act as a service-learning ambassador in their community and state by playing a leadership role in engaging youth in service and service-learning

Youth interested in applying must meet the following criteria:
• Be enrolled in public or private high school by September 2020
• Be a resident of US, US Territories, or Canada
• Be able to commit to a term from July 2020 - November 2021 including but not limited to 1-hour monthly conference calls, project forms, email communication, and project implementation.
• Be available for a conference call training during August 2020
• Be available via phone and internet for monthly webinar meetings with fellow Council members
• Be able to provide feedback and participate in program evaluations

To learn more about Keep America Beautiful visit Applications accepted through July 10, 2020, 8:00 pm EST. If you need assistance please contact Katie Joblon at or 203.659.3020.

WE RECOMMEND that you download the application to plan your answers (PDF) and learn more about current Youth Advisory Council members at this site - YAC. Once the application is started it has required fields and cannot be saved to continue. PLEASE plan to be able to complete all of the application at one time.

Criteria for selection will include, but not be limited to, geographic location, writing ability, leadership skills demonstrated, project innovation, communication responsiveness, ability to commit time to serve on the council, and focus area distribution.