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What will your generation's legacy be?


In 2043, it will be 150 years since Leeds was formally granted city status – how will you shape your city's future?

Leeds150 convenes a diverse group of leaders, aged 18-25, from across Leeds 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.

Leeds150 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.

By doing Leeds150 you will:

  • Learn skills and tools to practice leadership in your own context including team building, problem solving and communications
  • Build connections with your peers and established leaders from across Leeds
  • Have the opportunity to receive free, personalized leadership coaching sessions

If you’re a young leader aged 18-25 from the Leeds area, apply for this free programme here!

Jonathan Pryor, Deputy Leader of Council and Executive Member for Economy, Culture and Education

"Leeds City Council is proud to once again sponsor the Leeds150 Legacy programme, working with Common Purpose to engage with the next generation of future leaders. Part of our "Best City" ambition is to be a place where everyone living, working or studying here is able to contribute to and participate in the life of the city. As the Leeds150 Legacy participants imagine their Leeds of the future and consider how to make it a cleaner, greener place for everyone, they will help to inform the decisions that we are taking now to create a city that continues to support all our residents to participate in city life to their full potential."

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Why take part?

Leeds150 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 Leeds 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 Leeds150 involves answering a question which will reflects your passion for leadership and your city. The 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 Leeds.

What happens on Leeds150?

You’ll join a group of up to 100 people in Leeds to tackle a pressing challenge your city faces: This year’s challenge is: How do we act together to transform Leeds into a cleaner, greener place for all by 2043?

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

Leeds150 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.

Mike Thornton, Managing Partner – Leeds, RSM UK

"I am delighted that we have partnered with Common Purpose on this pioneering Legacy programme for the City of Leeds. Every year we take on over 20 young people into RSM in Leeds to train in our accountancy profession. We absolutely support the need for all children and young people be able reach their ambition and maximize their unique potential. Our young people are the ones that will shape our city into the future and we are delighted to support this great and visionary programme."

Register interest

Dates? TBC

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

How much does it cost? Leeds150 is free.

Volunteer for Leeds150

We are looking for leaders from all backgrounds to contribute to Leeds150 – 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.

Gregory Miller, Deputy Director of Student Opportunity, University of Leeds

"The University of Leeds is delighted to sponsor and participate in the Leeds150 Legacy programme. We have local, national and international students who benefit from learning and developing personally during their time in Leeds and we support them to be able to make a positive contribution to society. Working on programmes that foster creative and collaborative solutions to pressing challenges drives shared understanding and innovative solutions to support out city and communities."