FAMILY and community-inspired teenager Laura Pennisi will find her voice in politics this year.
The year 12 student at St Ursula's College Kingsgrove is among the chosen young electorate representatives in the 2015 YMCA NSW Youth Parliament program, which starts in July.
Young Australians are encouraged to step up and have a say on government policies in front of the state's leaders and law makers.
Laura will work with other students to develop legislation that aims to overcome community concerns.
She is on the committee that examines business and innovation in the legislative council. It came after Laura wrote a top speech in support of small businesses in St George.
"It's where I've grown up, and my Dad was a mechanic in the area, so I've heard and seen the everyday struggles — such as competition, rents and taxes — faced by business owners," she said.
Laura hopes to secure sponsorship for the program from businesses in the region.