Joanna a treasured member of youth summit steering committee

Cowra's Joanna Treasure has been named as a member of the steering committee for the upcoming UNICEF Australia's NSW Youth Summit on Living with Drought.

The summit, which will run from October 9 to 11, will bring together young people aged 14-24 to discuss the solutions to the issues that have arisen from the drought.

Ms Treasure is one of 11 young people from NSW selected for the steering committee.

She said she hopes her position on the committee will encourage young people with an interest in agriculture to pursue their passion, despite the drought.

"I want to make sure kids growing up in rural areas are still encouraged to be involved in agriculture, despite the hardships they're experiencing," she said.

"In order to retain its vitality now and into the future, agriculture needs innovative country kids who possess the nouse to adapt to a changing world and environment."

As part of her role on the steering committee, Ms Treasure will have the task of selecting 107 successful participants.

The steering committee has also been instrumental in designing the summit, which see them collaborate with the participants and experts to come up with solutions and recommendations in relation to the many aspects of the drought that affect young people.

They will then put their ideas to bureaucrats, politicians and other decision-makers on the final day of the summit.

Ms Treasure said the summit would take a "prevention rather than cure" approach to the issues affecting young people.

"The phrase 'kids just know' is incredibly pertinent to the issue of drought and its impact on rural communities, so there is much to be said for UNICEF's preventative approach, as opposed to picking up the pieces when the damage has already been done," she said.

"Farm kids feel the pressures of drought in a literal sense by being expected to help with their families' increased work load.

"Subconscious pressures, however, can have a lifelong impact on young people... As such, I'm hoping that the 100-or-so kids who attend will leave with a sense of community, support and a host of new friendships."