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A group of teens in one Fulton County city are trying to make a difference for their community. As YNN's Maria Valvanis explains, Teens for a Better Community is doing its part to help make Johnstown shine.

JOHNSTOWN, N.Y. -- Co-founder of Teens for a Better Community, Adam Denmark, said, "You really get sick of seeing it laying around. You get the urge to pick it up."

This may not be the way you picture most teens spending their summer break, but these guys are happy to put in the time as members of Teens for a Better Community, an organization 15-year-old Hannah Sowle started earlier this month.

"I noticed some peers from my school throwing trash around the park," said Hannah Sowle, founder of the organization.

Which sparked Sowle's interest to put an end to the mess, by cleaning up local parks and promoting volunteerism.

"We found garbage bags, land mines, cans of food. It's disgusting," said Denmark.

"It makes me feel really good because a lot of people think teenagers are just bad in general, but there are some good ones out there," said Hayley Martin, co-founder of the organization.

Tuesday, the group hopped on board Johnstown Mayor Sarah Slingerland and Gloversville Mayor Dayton King's new adopt-a-trail program. An initiative in the works to get locals to pick a part of the FJ&G trails to maintain its presence through the year.

"Were still working on the application process. We're thrilled the kids are doing this and will help in any way we can," said Slingerlard.

And local businesses are getting involved, too, by sponsoring volunteers with their cleanup efforts.

"Euphrates has agreed to buy whatever supplies necessary, so if anyone needs trash bags or gloves or trash collector things, we have stepped up and said we'll supply those," said Lisa Miners, sales manager at Euphrates.

Weather permitting, the teens plan to volunteer throughout the year. Sowle tells us more than anything, she hopes the groups actions will pass along one message.

"More people, especially teens, will step up and be respectful of the places they live in and hang out," said Sowle.

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