The Keep Austin Beautiful Green Teens Program is a youth development and service program that provides middle and high school students the opportunity to engage with their local community in ways which cultivate pride of place and a sense of self. Through this program, teens are empowered to be active in their communities and to find solutions to problems they’ve identified. This after-school program fosters environmental stewardship and provides hands-on learning about gardening, watersheds, waste management, energy and more. Keep Austin Beautiful will work with the teacher(s) at participating schools by providing a small stipend, curriculum, seed money for projects, resources and project supplies, on-going project support, and field trip opportunities.
At the end of the school year, four of the participating youth are awarded a paid summer internship, which allows them to assume a leadership role teaching younger youth, developing career skills, and continuing their exploration of the natural world.