Meet the YEP’s very own children’s champions

YEP Children's Panel. Picture James Hardisty
YEP Children's Panel. Picture James Hardisty
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These are just some of the youngsters that are set to champion the thoughts of children across Leeds.

Today we can unveil the YEP’s very own Children’s Panel who are set to give a voice to thousands of youngsters who live in the city.

We have searched for children to give their views on breaking news stories.

Youngsters will also be commissioned for special assignments to show readers exactly what life is like for children growing up in Leeds.

Sophie Poole, 11, said she was excited that youngsters are being given the chance to showcase their opinions.

She said: “I think it’s really important children get a voice otherwise it is grown-up’s opinions.

“We have different views and I am looking forward to having a voice.”

Their first assignment includes a special series next week looking at the digital lives of children across the city.

They are also set to tell readers about their opinions on lowering the voting age from 18 to 16 and give their tips for some of the city’s best holiday attractions.

Jayden Yeardley, nine, added: “I think it’s great that children get a voice to speak out in the newspapers.

“I think it will be good that we get to put thing in the newspaper from a child’s point of view. I am looking forward to the different assignments we will be given.”

Zaarah Yousaf, 11, said: “It is always about adults in newspapers.

“I am looking forward to the fact that children are finally getting a chance to have their say.

“I am looking forward to the assignments.”

We are set to profile our Children’s Panel in Saturday’s paper to give readers the chance to find out more about them.

Dr Tom Dobson, course director at Leeds Beckett University.

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