Schools across Leeds are being urged to make sure their pupils’ voices are heard.
The YEP is creating a Children’s Panel to give youngsters the chance to show us exactly what is like to be a child growing up in the city.
And we want schools from across Leeds to nominate youngsters to gain a place on our panel.
Children will be given the opportunity to comment on our breaking news stories and will be given special assignments to find out more about life in Leeds.
The YEP’s political reporter Aisha Iqbal recently visited Hamara Supplementary School, in Beeston, to give youngsters a lesson in reporting.
Pupils were put through their paces at a mock murder press conference and were challenged to write their own stories.
The YEP has joined forces with Leeds City Council in a major new partnership aimed at improving the lives of children in Leeds.
YEP 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.”
The YEP’s Child Friendly Leeds campaign, which was launched two weeks ago, is building on the work over the last two years to make sure children in the city get the best possible start in life.
The YEP will also launch a special Child Friendly Leeds page written entirely by the city’s school children.
Schools across the city are being invited to tell us what they are doing as part of the Child Friendly Leeds drive and what they would like to change in the city.
* To nominate a youngster for the YEP’s Children’s Panel email firstname.lastname@example.org.