Kate Price's family dreamed of having a farm in NSW's Central West and they will stick with it no matter the challenges.
Instead of a sea change, almost nine years ago the family of seven packed up their life on the NSW South Coast and headed west to Woodstock, 21 kilometres from Cowra, to become first generation sheep farmers.
They had their work cut out for them. Fences were down, the house needed fixing and the shearing shed was 100 years old but these challenges pale in comparison to the drought that has hit their farm in recent years.
They've sold stock, lost profits on crops that never came and Price, 17, along with her parents and four siblings remain the farm's sole workers.
"Farming has been a life long dream for my family," she told AAP.
"As a first-generation farm it's really important to stay positive, try our best and work hard. We'll stick through it, we'll keep going. We will stay with our farm as long as we can."
Price will attend UNICEF Australia's three-day NSW Youth Drought Summit on Wednesday at Lake Macquarie.
Youths aged 14 to 24 will travel from across the state to share their experience and discuss solutions to the drought.
These recommendations will form a report delivered to the state government.
The summit will be attended by Wagga Wagga based psychologist John Dean, who carried out a study on the impact of drought on children and adolescents in rural areas in 2004 and again in 2007.
"That (the updated study) showed the ongoing drought had a cumulative effect on their emotional wellbeing so that they were in fact not doing as well as they were earlier," Mr Dean told AAP.
"It became clear that drought as it kept going has an impact on young people and how they felt and therefore that there needs to be some strategies put in place to support young people in that situation."
UNICEF's Drought Summit Co-ordinator Samantha Newman has been working with a youth steering committee to develop the program which also includes sessions on leadership and mental health strategies.
She said by working on their family's farm young people are on the frontline of drought response and they deserve some relief.
"We hope that the summit will kind of restore their tanks, so it'll be a bit of joy, as well as some reflection. I hope that they will feel the support that they have amongst each other and from us as well," she said.
Australian Associated Press