Kids urged to join YEP’s Children’s Panel

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Children across Leeds are being urged to stand up and make their voices heard.

The YEP is currently recruiting members to sign-up our new Children’s Panel to give young people the chance to have their say on the city’s future.

Our panel aims to give youngsters the opportunity to comment on our breaking news stories and how some of the city’s biggest developments will affect youngsters.

Children will also be given special assignments by the YEP to show readers exactly what it is like to be a child growing up in Leeds.

Yorkshire Evening Post editor Jeremy Clifford said: “We want to help youngsters to have their voices heard.

“Their opinions should be valued and listened to.

“You are the future of Leeds and we want to give you a platform to tell those people who hold influence in our city how you would like to see it develop.”

We are also calling on parents, carers and schools to nominate youngsters to join our panel.

The YEP has joined forces with Leeds City Council in a major new partnership aimed at improving the lives of children in Leeds.

As part of our campaign we are set to launch a new page written entirely by school pupils showing us what they like about living in Leeds and what they would like to change.

Next week our campaign is set to look at the work behind the scenes in the city’s thriving Children’s Centres.

We will find out how the centres and staff help to make a difference to the lives of families.

* To nominate yourself or a child to be part of the YEP’s Children’s Panel email laura.bowyer@ypn.co.uk for more information.

Dean Johnstone, chief executive of Minds Ahead and joint leader of the centre of excellence in Leeds.

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