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Kids put ideas to work in community

A-TEAM: Kingscliff High students took part in the Youth Frontiers program.
A-TEAM: Kingscliff High students took part in the Youth Frontiers program. Alina Rylko

A BARBECUE for the homeless in Cabarita and an anxiety-prevention workshop for teens are just some of the wonderful community initiatives created by students from Kingscliff High School.

Twenty students from Years 8 and 9 have worked with 17 volunteer adults to create community projects of their choosing, as part of the Youth Frontiers program, which culminated in a showcase event on November 2.

Christiana Schweitzer (pictured centre) organised a workshop with a guest speaker to teach 16 youngsters how to recognise and help with issues like depression.

“There was tips like to speak to a trusted person and contact beyondblue,” Christiana said.

“I thought it would be a good way for me to take a shot at helping people.”

Christiana was so inspired by the experience, she will volunteer in the community services sector at Headspace, Tweed Heads, which offers free mental and physical health services for teens to 25-year-olds.

Year 9 student Alice Lampett used an innovative marketing policy to attract 60 homeless people to a community barbecue at Cabarita.

“I stuck a print-out ad for the barbecue on a milk carton, on a tomato stake, and put it in the park where I knew the homeless were,” she said.



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