AT just 19, Andreena Kardamis has already done more volunteer work than most people do in a lifetime.
In fact, the Bolton Point resident said her volunteering efforts could easily classify as a part-time job, putting in at least 20 hours each week.
"I just really love doing it," she said.
"I love to see an outcome happen for the whole community."
Ms Kardamis is the driving force behind the Lake Macquarie Youth Advisory Council.
"I think it's important to break the stereotypes that are often given to young people - we can make change," she said.
As part of her involvement with the council, Ms Kardamis is working to implement a life mentors and coaches program in Lake Macquarie schools.
Having fallen quite ill during her own Higher School Certificate studies, she believes there should be more support for students dealing with illness.
She is a Hunter Life Education ambassador, a NSW Youth Parliament participant, and has helped organise International Youth Day celebrations.
Ms Kardamis is a full-time student at the University of Newcastle where she is working towards a business and law degree.
She has been nominated for Lake Macquarie's Young Citizen of the Year.
The winners of the Lake Macquarie Australia Day awards will be announced at a presentation evening on January 21.