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.
Keep Florida Beautiful Youth Council 2021-2022
Christopher Carnes - Chair
Christopher Carnes is from Stuart, Florida where he is a senior 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.
Caleb Jameson - Vice Chair
Caleb Jameson is a junior 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!
Peyton Marcotte - Secretary
Peyton Marcotte resides in Belleair Beach, Florida, where he is a junior 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.
Guadalupe Cortes - Social Media Coordinator
Guadalupe Cortes is a senior 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.
Cori McWilliams is a senior 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.
Tristan Sowell is a senior 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.
Claire Huang is a junior 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.
Alexandra “Ally” Adamo is a senior at Lakewood Ranch High School in Bradenton, FL. In addition to her rigorous academic studies, Ally is very involved in both her community and school. At Lakewood, she is the captain of the Varsity Swim Team, President of the Marine Conservation Club and helps lead Mustang Acappella and Mustang Players. She is also a member of the National Honor Society and International Thespian Society. Ally has experience with sea turtle conservation through Mote Marine Lab’s intern program and enjoys volunteering with other local organizations in her community. Recently, she formed an environmental organization called Youth Environmental Action Committee of Manatee County where she helps other youth engage in environmental advocacy. During her free time, she likes to scuba dive and explore the biodiversity in Florida. Ally is passionate about wildlife conservation and raising awareness on environmental issues. She is excited to collaborate with her peers on the KFB Youth Council!
Lizmar Torres is a junior attending School for Advanced Studies in Miami, FL. As an architect in the making, she has been exploring the negative impacts of society on our environment and how, through design, we can create positive impact and move forward in an environmentally friendly manner. Surrounded by water and wildlife, she has witnessed the quality of the beaches, oceans, wildlife and greenery deteriorate as the time passes. As an active member of her community and her forthcoming generation, she felt the need to take initiative and participate in conservation efforts. Lizmar has also been participating in coastal cleanups and encouraging friends to do the same. In her free time, she uses painting and drawing as a form of expression towards social issues and enjoys baking. Lizmar is excited to make a positive difference in the world around through her participation with the KFB Youth Council.
Megan Brookes lives in Port St. Lucie, FL. She is a sophomore in the pre-IB program at Lincoln Park Academy in Fort Pierce. Megan is a competitive swimmer and swims for her high school and club teams. She is also an avid reader and is part of her school’s book club. Megan is passionate about animals and marine life and plans to study zoology or marine biology in college. She currently volunteers at the Florida Oceanographic Coastal Center, where she educated visitors on the different marine mammals founds in Florida. She has also participated in the Florida Oceanographic Teen Conservation Ambassador Program where she joined oyster restoration efforts and beach cleanups. She has learned about sea turtle conservation as well as the issues that impact local waterways. Megan is excited to continue her journey with environmental conservation by being part of the Youth Council!
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