NINETY students from eight Lake Macquarie high schools have brainstormed ways to create change in their local community as part of a youth forum at Warners Bay.
The event was hosted by Community Activities Lake Macquarie (CALM) and Lake Macquarie City Council's youth council as part of Youth Week.
The students explored collaborative processes while discussing the council's future-focused strategies: community connections, accessibility and mobility, lifestyle and wellbeing, and creativity.
The students brought a range of innovative ideas to the table, and these will be processed and submitted to the council.
Students felt the forum was worthwhile, and had plenty of positive feedback after the event.
"It was great to learn about ways to help our city and make it a better place," one student said.
The forum included entertainment for the students.
"Loved the involvement of students and the DJ. It was great to provide entertainment throughout the day," a student said.
"It was a really great day, engaging and youth-friendly. The whole event was really youth-friendly and very well thought out. Lot's of fun," another said.
And teachers agreed.
"Such a great way for our students to feel valued and have a voice," one teacher remarked.
CALM chief executive officer Sheena Harvey said the forum would give council some valuable information to consider when developing its next youth strategy.