Teen Volunteers Spruce Up Brand Park

Elmira Teens Clean Up Brand Park

ELMIRA (WENY) --  Nearly fifty Elmira teens spent part of their spare time picking up leaves and debris at Brand Park on the city's southside.  All of them are in a program called 'The Spot' which is a free, drop-in program for Elmira teens that provides daily recreational activities and events.

Some of the trees in Brand Park were significantly damaged after last week's tornado.  Teen volunteers said they were happy to give back to their community in a positive way.

"I think it's good because a lot of the people, we don't really get to talk to come together," says 14-year-old Aires Sanchez, one of the teen volunteers. "And we can act as one big team to work together in the community and for Elmira."

"Our major purpose for planning this is to give back to the city because without their funding, we wouldn't be able to have this program," says Kevin Adams, the Youth Program Coordinator for the Chemung County Youth Bureau.

To get more information on 'The Spot' you can call 737-2907 or visit the Chemung County Youth Bureau website at http://www.elmiraspot.com/ .