PATERSON - As summer winds down, the mission of a group of young people cleaning up Paterson Great Falls National Historical Park is officially over.
Sen. Bill Pascrell handed out graduation certificates to the Great Falls Youth Corps Friday.
A group of Paterson teens worked throughout the summer to maintain the park and learn about its history.
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Pascrell says he doesn't want the falls to be a "hands off" area. "We want it to be a functional place," he says. "It's important not only for Paterson, but the entire region."
The Youth Corps program is also designed to provide employment and community engagement among Paterson teens. This summer, the National Park Service hired two former Youth Corps volunteers to work as tour guides at the falls.
The Corps was founded in 2009 to improve the appearance of Paterson Great Falls National Historical Park.