YOUTH COUNCIL

The Keep Florida Beautiful Youth Council is made up of students across Florida who act as ambassadors and leaders for youth service in their communities.
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Keep Florida Beautiful Youth Council 2020-2021

Alex Henson | 2020-2021 Keep Florida Beautiful Youth Council

Alex Henson

Growing up camping, boating, and fishing on the coastal waters of Southwest Florida, Alex Henson’s outdoor experiences have motivated her to become an engaged conservation activist who strives to protect our beautiful blue planet, endangered seas, and fragile communities. Alex, a senior in Fort Myers, Florida, is honored to be the 2020-2021 Chairwoman of Keep Florida Beautiful, Inc.’s Youth Council, where she has been inspired to work with other environmentally-minded teens towards positive change for a cleaner Florida. Alex has also founded her own public outreach program (Project L.E.A.D.) that aims to mobilize a network of local youth to work towards innovative environmental solutions. Implementing change is not possible without knowledge, and by utilizing her seat on the Keep Florida Beautiful Youth Council, Alex is motivated to educate others about the importance of recycling, litter prevention and conservation methods to keep Florida Beautiful.
Cecelia Carbone | 2020-2021 Keep Florida Beautiful Youth Council

Cecilia Carbone

Cecilia Carbone lives in Palm Harbor, Florida, where she is a senior in the International Baccalaureate Program at Palm Harbor University High School. She is an avid golfer, being on her high school team, and loves watching the wildlife while she’s on the course. Cecilia loves to hike, and has been enamored with marine wildlife ever since she was a young girl. She volunteers at her local library, encouraging education and creativity in children, while also volunteering at The First Tee, where she promotes a healthy lifestyle while demonstrating good sportsmanship to kids. Cecilia enjoys serving on the Keep Florida Beautiful Youth Council because it gives her a chance to work with other kids on a topic she cares about: the preservation of Florida’s natural beauty.
Cori McWilliams | 2020-2021 Keep Florida Beautiful Youth Council

Cori McWilliams

Cori McWilliams is a junior in Vero Beach, Florida. She is the founder of “Kids for the Sea” which is a club formed to improve environmental conservation. Cori is also very active in sea turtle protection programs such as the Indian River County Sea Turtle Program, the Sea Turtle Conservancy, Brevard County Barrier Island Center and the Brevard County Sea Turtle Emergency Response Program. Working with the Keep Florida Beautiful Youth Council gives Cori an opportunity to work with other youth, educate them and encourage them to take action on their own.
Christopher Carnes | 2020-2021 Keep Florida Beautiful Youth Council

Christopher Carnes

Christopher Carnes is from Stuart, Florida where he is a junior in South Fork High School’s pre-IB program and Treasurer of the Class of 2022. He currently serves as the President of a community student run non-profit called Students 4H20. Through this organization, Christopher has led the way with several initiatives in his community including the installation of cigarette butt receptacles and plastic bag receptacle programs. Christopher is also a student teacher at Visionary School of the Arts and has used his own art to spark a conversation within the community on water quality issues. In his spare time, Christopher volunteers with his church, plays the piano and enjoys painting. He is honored to make a difference on the KFB Youth Council.
Tristan Sowell | 2020-2021 Keep Florida Beautiful Youth Council

Tristan Sowell

Tristan Sowell is a junior from St. Augustine, Florida. He spends most of his free time playing tennis, and traveling around the country and overseas. Living close to the ocean, he has seen first-hand the devastation caused by pollution, and how it affects our beaches and wildlife. Tristan runs the Instagram account @better_beaches, which helps inform others of ways to reduce, reuse, recycle and make the community better. He is very active in beach clean-ups and protecting wildlife. Tristan enjoys serving on the Keep Florida Youth Council because he wants to spread information on ways to go green, and help preserve the natural beauty of Florida.
Caleb Jameson | 2020-2021 Keep Florida Beautiful Youth Council

Caleb Jameson

Caleb Jameson is a sophomore at Providence Community School in Sarasota, Florida. Growing up on the coast, he has always had a passion for all things ocean. He has been doing Sea Turtle Patrol with Longboat Key Turtle Watch and Mote Marine Laboratory for six years. He is also a trained stranding responder with Mote Marine Laboratory’s Stranding Investigations Program and he assists with calls related to stranded or injured marine animals. As part of his desire to help with ocean conservation and educate the public, Caleb is the founder and creator of the Turtle Safe Toy Box that helps to keep plastic toys from ending up in the ocean and becoming a danger for marine life. Caleb won two grants from Klean Kanteen through the Youth Ocean Conservation Summit to launch his project which is continuing to grow. He is looking forward to making a difference by being a member of the Keep Florida Beautiful Youth Council!
Elizabeth Sgro | 2020-2021 Keep Florida Beautiful Youth Council

Elizabeth Sgro

Elizabeth Sgro is a senior in the IB Diploma Program at Southeast High School in Bradenton, Florida. In addition to her intensive studies and being in the top 10% of her class, she maintains a leadership role in several clubs at school. She stands as the school’s senior class Vice President, yearbook Editor In Chief, Girls Golf Team Co-Captain, Southeast Television (SETV) talent anchor for the after school show titled The Right Direction, and an avid member of the National Honor Society. Over the last ten years, Elizabeth has dedicated her summers to volunteer with Mote Marine Aquarium and Longboat Key Turtle Watch by assisting them with their conservation efforts and sea turtle research programs. She loves getting others involved in clubs and organizations that help make a difference in our community and thus is looking forward to expanding her outreach efforts through the Keep Florida Beautiful Youth Council.
Peyton Marcotte | 2020-2021 Keep Florida Beautiful Youth Council

Peyton Marcotte

Peyton Marcotte resides in Belleair Beach, Florida, where he is a sophomore in the IB program at Largo High School. He is an intern with Keep Pinellas Beautiful and has completed the KPB Environmental Leadership program. He is interested in the microplastic initiative and plans on continuing his internship by examining samples of water collected from beach cleanups. Peyton’s favorite service projects include clean ups at local events and parks and he volunteers at his local food pantry on weekends. Peyton is a Life ranked Boy Scout in Troop 371, currently in the Leadership Corps. His hobbies include musical performances as a cellist and solving the Rubik’s cube. He participates in World Cubing Association tournaments and his best record for the 3×3 is 8.008 seconds. Peyton is proud to serve on the Keep Florida Youth Council and engage with other young environmental leaders in the state.
Clair Huang | 2020-2021 Keep Florida Beautiful Youth Council

Claire Huang

Claire Huang is a sophomore at Stanton College Preparatory School in Jacksonville, Florida. She is also the president of the Keep Jacksonville Beautiful youth commission club at her high school where she has organized multiple cleanup events at Jacksonville Beach and many environmental education initiatives. She is passionate about green energy and has researched solar energy for three years, winning multiple awards at the State and Regional Science Fairs. She loves volunteering, from going to cleanups at the beach to cooking for the homeless at her local homeless shelters. In her spare time, Claire enjoys baking and playing with her dog Coco. She is honored to be a part of the Keep Florida Beautiful Youth Council and will strive to do her best.
Guadalupe Cortes | 2020-2021 Keep Florida Beautiful Youth Council

Guadalupe Cortes

Guadalupe Cortes is a junior at Pahokee Middle Senior High School in Pahokee, Florida where she is a community involved student. She takes part in extracurricular activities like Robotics, SECME, Digital Divide Interact club, Spanish honor society, and Women of Tomorrow. She is a 2018 nationally recognized First LEGO League Robotics team member and a current entrepreneur trainee on behalf of the Palm Beach Chamber of Commerce. To foster the continuity of STEM in the community, she volunteers her time with the Subaroos Robotics team by assisting them in their global issues challenge. As a member of the Keep Florida Beautiful (KFB) Youth Council she hopes to work with the community and establish new environmental efforts to support the movement.
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