Brady Millwood, of Albertville, has been selected to the Keep America Beautiful Youth Advisory Council for the 2016-2017 school year.
Millwood, a junior at Albertville High School, is one of 10 students from across the country to populate the board. Millwood was selected for the honor from a pool of applicants reviewed by five independent judges. According to Keep America Beautiful’s website, the National Youth Advisory Council for Keep America Beautiful is meant to “[provide] a unique opportunity for high school students from diverse backgrounds across the nation to participate in a service-learning and leadership development program.”
Keep America Beautiful is a non-profit based out of Stamford, Connecticut that aims to “inspire and educate people to take action every day to improve and beautify their community environment,” per their mission statement. Among Millwood’s duties will reporting and contributing to Keep America Beautiful’s platform and to represent the national program in their communities.
Millwood, whose mother, Kassie, is on the board of directors for Keep Albertville Beautiful, has been an active member of Keep Albertville Beautiful in a number of capacities, sitting in on meetings and volunteering with the community-based group, including planting in flowers on Main Street and Graham Park, as well as leading AHS’ efforts for the Recycle Bowl.
“We at Keep Albertville Beautiful are just honored to have Brady to represent our community and our city and we’re excited to see where that road will lead him,” program director Leslie Peppers said.
Millwood was elated at the chance to represent his community in such a unique way. “It’s a privilege. It’s amazing,” Millwood said. “I’m glad I can represent the city of Albertville, Marshall County as a whole, and the state of Alabama.” Millwood did not underestimate the accomplishment, acknowledging it was a much-coveted position and that he was lucky to be selected. “There’s a lot of people that applied for the position and just to be one of the 10 selected … I was glad to apply. There was a lot of pressure and a lot of kids that applied, so it’s great to be selected.”
Millwood and the other nine students selected have yet to hold their first conference call or get their official duties, but the excitement is palpable. Millwood and his fellow peers must create a community project for their specific charters to present to Keep America Beautiful at the national chapter’s annual conference in Washington, DC in January 2017. Millwood’s term as an advisor has already started, and he will hold the post until June 2017.