Twelve Rotorua students, chosen by their schools, are pulling together a concert aimed at inspiring and motivating local youngsters.

The concert is part of the OneChance Youth Project, a leadership initiative which last year encouraged Rotorua students to achieve their goals while inspiring others.

The Year 12 students were chosen for their potential to be great future leaders.

Rotorua Girls' High School student Florence Ogilvie, 16, said the inspiration behind the project was "you only get one chance at life, so you have to make it count".

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"There will be so much on offer at the concert, including make-up tutorials, motivational speakers, poetry, interactive art, there is really something for everyone."

Florence said there had been a lot of preparation put into making the concert a reality.

The concert would "be the youth party of the year and an awesome opportunity for our young people to enjoy themselves," she said.

The event will be held at Harvest Centre on Saturday August 2 from 2.30pm to 9.30pm. Tickets are available from the Youth Centre, $5 for students and $10 for adults with limited door sales on the day.

The money raised will go towards a koha (donation) for the performers and CanTeen, in support of teenagers battling cancer.

Some of the featured performers include Stella, Madhouse, Alicia Tahitahi, Mega Jooney, Floor Finesse Forever, and Sanka-ToneDef Deejays.

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The OneChance Youth Project is supported by the Rotorua Community Youth Centre Trust, Te Waiariki Purea Trust, Rotorua mayor Steve Chadwick, Rotorua MP Todd McClay and facilitated by Rotorua's Alan Solomon.

At the end of the course students will also gain a Level 3, 12 credit unit in Certificate in Youth Leadership.