Chatham High School students are buzzing about the upcoming Luminosity Youth Summit in Port Macquarie for good reason.
The three-day event brings youth together for a series of inspirational talks and workshops aimed at creativity, excellence and entrepreneurship.
At $265 a head, the school has decided to raise funds to get about 30 eager students to attend.
So how are they going to do it?
This Saturday, June 15, the school will open its doors for a car boot sale. It will run from 8am to 3pm with lots of furniture and school equipment, such as laptop cases, for sale.
The sale is not just for staff and students, with 40 car spots available for people to set up a stall and make money for themselves. A spot can be booked for a $10 donation to the students fund.
The school's community liaison officer Jodie Bird encouraged people to book a spot and come and grab a bargain.
"There will also be a coffee machine, sausage sizzle and live music," she said.
The school's P and C sponsored several students to attend last year's summit. Judging by student reactions it was worth it.
Kyra Trengrove said last year's summit was "designed to ignite, innovate and inspire young leaders."
"This jam-packed experience, complete with motivational speakers and engaging masterclasses, provided us with the confidence to challenge our dangerous ideas and mentored us to succeed," Kyra said.
Macy James said the event inspired her to create obtainable goals.
"Examples of goals I have achieved are getting a job, running for our school's senior leadership team and organising a knitting group to contribute to White Ribbon Day," Macy said.
Zachary Walton benefited tremendously from the event.
"The most significant aspect for me is that I have learnt that you can achieve anything you set your mind to, so dream big and live the dream," Zachary said.
Student support officer Nathan Paff outlined the impact last year's summit made on students.
"I found this to be an extremely engaging, high quality and thought provoking summit which incorporated internationally renown presenters with hands on elective workshops.
"The presenters and workshops identified the pathways and steps towards young people engaging in new media forms and online marketplaces to both promote young people to develop and create their business ideas and to also engage meaningfully in their communities to effect positive social change.
"The feedback from the young people that attended was overwhelmingly positive. For example, several of the students were deeply inspired by one of the presenters who spoke of her experiences of horrific domestic violence.
"After the summit the students formed a group which raised money and contributed to the annual White Ribbon Day by forming a knitting group which created knitted works for the largest white ribbon," Nathan said.
Any businesses or individuals wanting to sponsor a student for the summit is invited to contact the school.
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