Parramatta young people have an idea or two on how to preserve and enliven the area for generations to come.
A class of year 7 students at Macarthur Girls High School formed pairs to find ways to reduce youth crime, preserve heritage sites, improve rates of physical activity, manage transport problems and engage youth in Parramatta, during a crosscurricular venture funded by a Department of Education and Communities grant.
The class presented their research to Parramatta MP Geoff Lee on Friday.
"It's been a very different experience to what we're used to," student Kynesha Leota said.
"Usually we sit in class and study but it doesn't really mean anything. Now we're in a different environment together and it feels like work experience.
"You have a in-depth understanding of why and how you want to do this — Because we are the youth of Parramatta."
Daniel French, the head teacher of teaching and learning, said the project aimed to integrate history, science, maths and English ahead of the introduction of the national curriculum for years 7 and 9 next year.
Mr French said the project encouraged 21st century learning skills such as collaboration, real-world problem solving, technology use and self regulation.