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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 programs around the world.

If you want to:

  • Connect with other amazing young leaders across Leeds to make a difference in your city.
  • Access senior leaders in Leeds 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 Leeds area, apply for this free online programme here!

Councillor Judith Blake, Leader, Leeds City Council

“I am very pleased we are supporting Common Purpose on this pioneering Legacy programme.  Leeds City Council’s ambition is to be the best city for all our children and young people to grow up in. A place where children are valued, supported, enjoy living and can look forward to a bright future, a truly child friendly city.  Leeds has placed children and young people at the very heart of the growth strategy of the city and our recent appointment as chair of a European city working group on children and young people gives us an international platform to promote our Child Friendly work.  By working with Common Purpose on the Leeds150 Legacy programme we can do even more to help shape the leaders of tomorrow and build a more socially connected and economically successful city for the future”.

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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 100 people in Leeds to tackle a pressing challenge your city faces: This year’s challenge is: What is the city we want Leeds to be?

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 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.

Kevin O’Connor, Executive Chair, 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."


Dates? October 89 and 1213, plus a Welcome Session, 6 October.

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

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.