New members named to Gwinnett Clean & Beautiful’s Green Youth Advisory Council

By Abby Turpin, Director of Communications, Keep America Beautiful

Lawrenceville, GA (October 1, 2021) – Keep America Beautiful affiliate, Gwinnett Clean & Beautiful, has announced its Class of 2021-22 Green Youth Advisory Council members. 10 new members, along with 11 returning, will continue the great work of this flagship youth program, based on the Keep America Beautiful model, leading the way in their community as environmental stewards.

“We are really excited about this Green Youth Advisory Council incoming class,” said Schelly Marlatt, Executive Director for Gwinnett Clean & Beautiful. “For one, we received some really terrific applications and believe this group of young change agents will have a hand in helping us evolve our current programs for the future while motivating other young people in the community to get engaged in our events. For another, we have 11 members of last year’s GYAC returning. I think that speaks volumes – not only about the program, but also about how much these kids truly care about their community and the environment.”

According to Gwinnett Clean & Beautiful, members of the Green Youth Advisory Council will focus on litter prevention, beautification, community greening, waste reduction, recycling, food insecurity and more, while developing leadership skills. Collaboration with others involved in similar organizations across the country and acting as ambassadors to promote sustainability and environmental literacy are among the key elements to success for a member. This, in turn, will allow them to earn service hours and letters of recommendation for their important work. Those graduating from high school will be considered for a $1,000 college scholarship, as well.

The new members of the Green Youth Advisory Council are as follows:

Cynthia Bui, Senior – Mountain View HS

Diya Lakwani, Senior – McClure Health and Science HS

Daeun (Ella) Lee, Sophomore – Mill Creek HS

Mary Morris, Senior – North Gwinnett HS

Arshan Rafiq, Sophomore – Peachtree Ridge HS

Stephanie Ramos, Senior – Paul Duke STEM HS

Amay Shah, Junior – Gwinnett School of Mathematics, Science and Technology

Shivali Singh, Freshman – Gwinnett School of Mathematics, Science and Technology

Trevor Spake, Junior – Brookwood HS

Palice Zimmerman, Junior – Archer HS

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The eleven returning members are as follows:

Ariella Ayenesazan, Sophomore – Peachtree Ridge HS

Suraj Chatoth, Junior – North Gwinnett HS

Danielle Chun, Sophomore – Mill Creek HS

Hannah Cook, Senior – Brookwood HS

Tanner Dilworth, Senior – Mountain View HS

Daniel Jung, Senior – Mill Creek HS

Emily Laycock, Senior – Mill Creek HS

Jack Prewitt, Junior – Gwinnett School of Mathematics, Science and Technology

Miles Simmons, Junior – Archer HS

Samara West, Senior – Paul Duke STEM HS

Logan Zimmerman, Senior – Discovery HS

Keep America Beautiful is always thrilled to hear when our nation’s young people are showing a passion for being stewards of our environment. It is through their actions that we can be rest assured the future of our planet is in good hands for generations to come. Congratulations to the Green Youth Advisory Council Class of 2021-22.

Gwinnett Clean & Beautiful has many programs to engage youth in caring for the environment. These include Plant It Forward and Food Waste Warriors. To learn more about the Green Youth Advisory Council, CLICK HERE.