Assemblyman Chris Friend, pictured with members of Horseheads, Chemung County, and Elmira Youth Organizations. Left to right: Bruce May (Executive Director of the Town of Horseheads Youth Bureau), Sara Schamel (Chemung County Youth Board Member and Elmira Youth Court Judge), Amanda Buchanan (Vice President of the Horseheads Youth Council), Ben Ivy (Youth Council member), Assemblyman Christopher Friend, John Kinney (Chemung County Youth Board member), Emily Jacque (Horseheads Youth Court Head Judge, Horseheads Youth Advisory Board member, and Horseheads Youth Council member), Claire Hawthorne (Horseheads Youth Council President and Horseheads Youth Advisory Board member), Julia Weaver (Horseheads Youth Court Head Judge, Horseheads Youth Advisory Board member, and Horseheads Youth Council Secretary), and Kevin Adams (Chemung County Youth Bureau Program Coordinator).
“It was a treat to get to speak to such a great group of young people,” said Friend. “They all have displayed an uncommon dedication to their communities and to their peers. The various youth bureaus, councils and courts represented by these great young leaders do an amazing job of providing opportunities to learn and develop leadership skills. I am truly grateful for the great staffs and volunteers of these organizations that help shape the future leaders of our community, state and country.”