A fledgling politician keen to change the world, an aspiring actress, an artist and a gentle young man who has found confidence through hands-on learning.
This is the incredible young talent that will be showcased to the community with a film launch at The Hive Youth Resource Centre, Lavington on September 20.
The Open Talent event will feature a series of short films that have been written, directed and partly produced by young people on the Border with the aim of challenging some of the negative perceptions of youth in the community.
The free film launch, which will include finger food, live music by ELK and guest speakers, is the culmination of a two-year project.
A group of young people worked with Albury-based film-maker Helen Newman to turn their visions into reality through the project supported by YES Unlimited.
The Hive youth worker Emma Aldrich said the aim was to create several short films that promoted the strengths and talents of young people in the local area.
"We spent the first few months brainstorming ideas and eventually decided to create a series of short films based on individual talents," she said.
"It was a very dynamic process that changed direction several times.
"Working with the assistance of Helen, each young person created their film individually and took part in the editing and production process."
Ms Aldrich said the process allowed participants to express their personalities and interests while developing film-making skills.
"Each film is extremely different; for example one of the young people drew all the artwork for the entire film coupled with her voice-over.
"One 15-year-old demonstrated his interest in politics and aspirations for the future.
"The films were completed earlier this year and in the past few months our Changemakers youth leadership group has planned the launch."
The event will kick off with another short film that is essentially a "virtual tour" of the youth resource centre's welcoming space.
Ms Aldrich said always the hope was to promote young people as "huge assets to our community".
Documentary maker Helen Newman, of Nomad Films, said it was a very fulfilling experience to have worked intensively with these young people.
"One of the things I enjoyed the most about this project was it was driven by the students," she said.
"Each film is unique and overlaid by their personalities.
"Each young person also had their own vision for the film and saw that through to the end."
- The free event will be held at The Hive, September 20 from 6pm - 8pm: RSVP by September 13 to firstname.lastname@example.org or (02) 6040 5507.