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Lexington student one of 10 in nation selected to Keep America Beautiful's youth council

Keep America Beautiful selected 10 high school students from across the country, including Lexingtonian Marie Armbruster, to serve on its second national Youth Advisory Council.
The YAC, supported by a generous grant from the Wrigley Company Foundation, creates a framework for youth engagement with KAB, building on the model of youth leadership in KAB local and state affiliates while infusing a youth “voice” into KAB’s programs.

Marie Armbruster (Photo provided)

Marie Armbruster (Photo provided)

The newly-selected YAC members will act as ambassadors and leaders for youth service in their respective communities and states. The selection decisions were based on a written application, geographic representation, grade level (mixing different grades) and interest area (litter prevention, beautification and community greening and waste reduction/recycling). No more than one member can represent any one state.

“It’s critical that we reach the next generation of environmental stewards to change attitudes and behaviors about environmental issues,” said Becky Lyons, COO of KAB. “Thanks to the Wrigley Company Foundation’s commitment to environmental education, KAB has been able to develop programs such as the Youth Advisory Council to engage young adults in our mission.”

Armbruster has been an active member of the Bluegrass Youth Sustainability Council for two years. She will be the student facilitator for the club, which includes members from eight local high schools, for the 2013-14 school year. As a member of the BYSC, Armbruster chaired a project to install water bottle refill stations in member high schools. She is also the secretary of her school’s Outdoors Club, president of the Mu Alpha Theta Math Honor Society, co-captain of her high school varsity soccer team and a member of the Central Kentucky Youth Orchestra.
From KAB

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