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What will your generation’s legacy be?


In 2047, it will be 150 years since Bradford was formally granted city status – how will you shape your city's future?

Bradford150 convenes a diverse group of leaders, aged 18-25, from across Bradford to address the question: "What will the legacy of our generation be?” Because after all, you are the generation who will shape the city when it reaches 150.

Bradford150 is part of Legacy; a global campaign by Common Purpose, which invests in young people across the world so they can become a connected generation of leaders with a clear vision for what their legacy will be. Click here to see other legacy programmes around the world.

If you want to:

  • Connect with other amazing young leaders across Bradford to make a difference in your city.
  • Access senior leaders in Bradford to have your say on some of the city’s challenges that matter the most to you.
  • Gain skills that will increase your employability and add to your resume.

If so, and you’re 18-25 from the Bradford area, apply for this free online programme here!

Tracey Newton, Director of Colleague Experience, YBS

“As a Bradford-based organization that itself has been around for over 150 years we are proud to be involved with the Bradford150 programme as part of the Common Purpose Legacy initiative. We currently support many young people across Bradford through financial education and employability programmes. As it will be 150 years since Bradford was formally granted city status in 2047, the Bradford150 programme brings together 100 young leaders from the city to address what the legacy of their generation in Bradford will be and also provides them with the opportunity to work with current civic and business leaders to help them gain new experience and knowledge.”

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Why take part?

Bradford150 is your opportunity to come together as a generation and think through what your generation’s legacy will be. As part of a highly diverse group of peers, you will tackle real social challenges facing Bradford and develop Cultural Intelligence in the process – the ability to cross divides and thrive in multiple cultures. 

What is the application process?

The application process for Bradford150 involves answering one question which reflects your passion for leadership and your city. This question can be answered by whichever means feels most comfortable to you, be it written, video submission, a piece of artwork, song or photograph – however you best feel you can express your desire to take responsibility for the legacy of Bradford.

What happens on Bradford150?

You’ll join a group of 100 people in Bradford to tackle a pressing challenge your city faces: This year’s challenge is: How can our generation work together across Bradford to help the district reach its potential?

You’ll come together online to investigate issues, collaborate, hold difficult conversations and work up ideas. You’ll test, refine and present your ideas to leaders in Bradford.

Bradford150 is intergenerational, giving you the opportunity to work with around 30 established leaders from across the city, who act as group advisors, speakers and immersion hosts. The established leaders benefit from seeing the world through your eyes - the next generation.

Geraldine Howley, Incommunities Group Chief Executive

"We are proud to support the Bradford150 Legacy Programme. As the area’s biggest social housing group we are committed to investing in young talent from across our communities and through Bradford Common Purpose we are keen to see a new generation of leaders grow and be a part of an exciting future for our city.”


When? TBC

Where? 4 hours each day online. All sessions are on Zoom.

Who can apply? Young leaders aged 18-25 living, working or studying in Bradford

How much does it cost? Bradford150 is free.

Volunteer for Bradford150

We are looking for leaders from all backgrounds to contribute to Bradford150 – sharing their insight and, in the process, seeing their city or country through the eyes of the next generation. We need speakers, panellists, mentors and immersion hosts. If you want to be a contributor, sign up below.