Kalani Senior Plunges Into New Cause: Keeping US Beautiful

Brittany Amano.  Photo from Iolani School

Brittany Amano.
Photo from Iolani School

Brittany Amano is going to spend a year making Hawaii a little more beautiful. Now a Kalani High senior, she’s is one of 10 high school students nationwide to serve on Keep America Beautiful’s 2014-2015 Youth Advisory Council.

KAB, a nonprofit that focuses on community building via the beautification of public spaces, relies on council members to implement and assess its local programs and serve as community leaders in their own right.

Amano has definitely got that last part covered — she’s a force to be reckoned with in East Oahu. The former Iolani student founded two nonprofits: Teens Stopping Domestic Violence and Hawaii’s Future Isn’t Hungry, the latter of which has raised nearly $600,000 and collected almost 100,000 pounds of food since 2010.

She also won the Prudential Spirit of Community Award, Running Start Emerging Young Leader Award and GenerationOn Power of Youth Award, plus she serves on the YWCA of Honolulu Young Women’s Network Board and FEMA National Youth Preparedness Council, among many more honors, titles and scholarships.

Somehow, she will find the time to meet her fellow advisory council members in Washington, D.C., next January to attend KAB’s national conference.

She also will receive a $5,000 grant for a community service project.

For more information on KAB and its mission, visit kab.org.