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17 High Schools Students Chosen from Across the United States
to Participate in National Nonprofit’s Service-Learning Program

Pictured is the group Cooper Carrico led in the clean up of McNair Springs

Magee, MS (December 3, 2019) – Keep America Beautiful®, the nation’s leading community improvement nonprofit organization, has selected Cooper Carrico of Magee, MS, as one of 17 high school students from across the country to serve on its eighth national Youth Advisory Council (YAC) during the 2019/2020 school year. Selections were based on a rigorous application and interview process.

The Keep America Beautiful YAC provides a unique opportunity for high school students to participate in a service-learning and leadership development program focusing on environmental stewardship and sustainability.

Cooper is a student at Simpson County Academy where he is Junior Class President, a member of the Student Council, Honor Society, and the ACT 25+ Club. Cooper is also a member of the school’s track and tennis teams. He is working to make his community litter free. He has coordinated workdays at a local park to remove debris and trash from the 15-acre park. He is also working with the Board of Aldermen in his hometown of Magee to develop an Adopt-an-Area program where local organizations can adopt an area of town to keep it free of trash and to maintain any existing flower beds. His involvement in the Mayor’s Youth Council involves developing a program where council members will educate elementary students about the importance of litter prevention and keeping the town litter free.

“The Keep America Beautiful Youth Advisory Council provides the members’ local communities an intersectional impact on the way we approach environmental wellness, protection, and community improvement,” said Keep America Beautiful Youth & Education Programs Manager Kathryn Joblon. “In addition to providing the students with an opportunity to foster their interest in community service, our Youth Advisory Council members also serve as our partners in helping bring our programs and resources to more students nationwide.”

The YAC members act as ambassadors for youth service at the local level and will be provided stipends to implement local stewardship service projects. Previously, YAC classes have piloted and developed Keep America Beautiful initiatives that engage students in support of the Keep America Beautiful mission. The class of 2019/2020 will also attend the Keep America Beautiful National Conference, which takes place Feb. 12-14, 2020, in Memphis, Tennessee.

“We’re excited to see what Cooper Carrico accomplishes next. Cooper is driven by community service, and his passion is contagious. Keep Mississippi Beautiful (KMB) is grateful for Cooper’s leadership in our very successful Great American Cleanup State Kickoff in 2019 and his efforts to sustain the incredible transformation of local landmark, McNair Springs. Cooper is a great ambassador for KMB and the Keep America Beautiful network in Mississippi.” stated Laura Lyn Barr, president of the Keep Magee Beautiful chapter.

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Keep Magee Beautiful is an affiliate of Keep Mississippi Beautiful

Keep Mississippi Beautiful works to inspire and educate Mississippians to improve their communities by preventing litter, promoting recycling and beautification. We encourage all citizens to be responsible for improving the state’s scenic beauty and quality of life. These efforts boost civic pride, livability and local economies.

KMB is a certified state affiliate of Keep America Beautiful Inc., the nation’s largest community improvement organization. KMB leads a network of about three-dozen certified local affiliates across the state. KMB was created in 1988 by the legislature.

About Keep America Beautiful
Keep America Beautiful, the nation’s leading community improvement nonprofit organization, inspires and educates people to take action every day to improve and beautify their community environment. Established in 1953, Keep America Beautiful strives to End Littering, Improve Recycling and Beautify America’s Communities. We believe everyone has a right to live in a clean, green and beautiful community, and shares a responsibility to contribute to that vision. The organization is driven by the work and passion of more than 600 Keep America Beautiful affiliates, millions of volunteers, and the collaborative support of corporate partners, social and civic service organizations, academia, municipalities, elected officials, and individuals. Join us on Facebook, Instagram, Twitter and YouTube. Donate and take action at


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