Local students from Kempsey High School, Melville High School and the Macleay Vocational College presented community projects they have worked on at a showcase at Kempsey High School today.
The Youth Frontiers project is run by Mid Coast Communities and pairs students and mentors together to create a project for the broader community or the school community.
Youth Frontiers program coordinator Melinda Brooks said the students worked hard on their projects over the past six months.
"Because the project does require a lot of time, the students and mentors had to put in a lot of work to create these projects," she said.
"They have all exceeded our expectations and have worked so hard on the projects."
For their project the Melville High School students rejuvenated the girls' bathroom at the school, the Kempsey High School students created a garden and painted murals that represented their school, while the students from the Macleay Vocational College created a yarn circle where they created bonds through yarning and connecting with each other.
The students presented their projects in front of their peers, teachers and parents. Kempsey Shire mayor Liz Campbell and general manager Craig Milburn also attended the presentation.
"This program is something for students to get involved in and make a difference in the school community," Mr Milburn said.
"We had council staff involved as mentors and we want to have more staff and council involvement next year."
Ms Brooks said all of the students gained a lot of experience during the project.
"There were students who were reserved and shy at the beginning and they ended up coming out of their shell and jelling with the other students during the project."
Mid Coast Communities has delivered the Youth Frontiers program within Mid North Coast electorates for the last three years on behalf of the YWCA Australia, who receive funding from the NSW Department of Communities and Justice to deliver the program across the state.
For more information about the program visit https://www.youthfrontiers.com.au/.
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