Keep Texas Beautiful, an organization whose efforts focus on anti-littering and beautification in Texas, recently announced its third cohort of Youth Texan Ambassadors, five of which are Planoites.
“We are excited to work with these youth and incorporate their perspective into the events we are hosting,” said Sarah Luxton, sustainability and environmental education division supervisor for the City of Plano. “Their passion is contagious and makes a real difference in our community.”
The organization selects 48 ambassadors from around the state to serve from September to May. Ambassadors must be Texans between the ages of 15-25. Throughout their term, each ambassador is required to host at least one litter cleanup, one community project, promote their efforts on social media, attend educational workshops hosted by Keeping Texas Beautiful and spread awareness about the importance of litter prevention.
“We are proud to support 48 young people across the state of Texas,” said Suzanne Kho, Keep Texas Beautiful executive director. “We can’t wait to see what they accomplish and what skills they build through their year-long Ambassadorship.”
Shreya Halbe, Saanvi Sita Mylavarapu, Alisha Senghani, Ishika Kothari and Archana Annampedu, all Plano ISD students, are five of the 48 students who were chosen for the program. Each of them will also be volunteering over the next year with the Live Green in Plano volunteer program. Let’s learn a little bit about each of them:
“KTB and working with some events in the City of Plano have helped me learn about the business and community aspects of sustainability,” Shreya Halbe, PISD senior, said. I really enjoy meeting people with similar interests and learning more about the change I can help with.”
“Let’s encourage each other to spend time outdoors, and protect our planet,” Saanvi Sita Mylavarapu, PISD junior, said. “As youth, we don’t have to save the planet, but let’s stop spoiling it!”
“I am so grateful to have the opportunity to educate the citizens of Plano on environmental topics ranging from land beautification to sustainable recycling practices,” Alisha Senghani, PISD junior, said. “I feel honored to have the chance to represent one of the most influential nonprofits in Texas, Keep Texas Beautiful.”
“I’m excited to work with local governments and passionate individuals to preserve and cherish our environment, and allow for both flowers and hope to bloom once again,” Ishika Kothari, PISD junior, said.
“As a Keep Texas Beautiful member, I strive to achieve amazing things to help keep the environment green with an awesome group of like-minded individuals. I’m passionate about preserving the natural beauty of Texas,” Archana Annampedu, PISD sophomore, said. “Through collaboration, dedication, and a shared vision for the future, I, as a devoted Keep Texas Beautiful member, as well as my enthusiastic peers, will leave a positive impact on our beloved environment.”