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Teenagers volunteer to clean up neighborhoods

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Hundreds of local teens are making a difference in Genesee County.

More than 400 teenagers showed up in six neighborhoods to help pick-up trash, cut grass and rake up debris.

It was part of the TeenQuest Summer Youth Initiative.

"I think it's really important for us to get involved," said Madison Whitmore, volunteer.

Whitmore is doing her part to make Flint a little neater and cleaner. She was one of the teens participating in the Summer Youth Initiative Volunteer Service Day.

"Putting on gloves, getting tools, making sure you're covered because you get all these bugs out here," she said.

Tamesha Sibley was ready to work.

"This is my last year with SYI so I got to put all my effort into it now," Sibley said.

The young people picked up trash and mowed lawns among other things throughout Flint.

"This already is a better place, but just you know, clean it up. Help out this neighborhood. I mean, it needs help," Sibley said.

Rhetta Hunyday, with Flint and Genesee Chamber of Commerce, said a little sweat equity can lead to big things in the city.

"This is a great opportunity to teach kids service to their community and how that service that they provide really makes a difference," she said.

As for the volunteers, they said there's no place they'd rather be and they're proud to make a difference.

"Seeing everybody else pitch in, all the workers and it don't matter how old you got to be, anybody can pick it up," Sibley said.

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