What will your generation’s legacy be?
In 2032, it will be 150 years since Newcastle was formally granted city status – how will you shape Newcastle’s future?
Newcastle150 is an annual leadership programme that convenes young diverse leaders from across the city to address the question: "How do we ensure that by 2032 Newcastle is a city where all of its young people can reach their potential?"
The inaugural Newcastle150 programme took place from 10-12 March 2020 and was brought to you by Engie, NCG, Newcastle Building Society Community Fund, Newcastle City Council, Newcastle University, Newcastle upon Tyne Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust, Northumbria University and Womble Bond Dickinson. Thank you to Nexus for generously providing transport for the participants across the three days.
“I am pleased that we have partnered with Common Purpose on this pioneering Legacy programme. Newcastle City Council support all children and young people and help them reach their goals, realize each ambition and maximize their unique potential. We are proud that young people help shape our great city, an approach that has been highlighted through our work to become one of the only UNICEF Child Friendly Cities in the UK. By working with Common Purpose, we can help shape the leaders of tomorrow, people who can cross boundaries and help overcome some of the biggest challenges we face in Newcastle.”
Why take part?
Newcastle150 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 Newcastle and develop Cultural Intelligence in the process – the ability to cross divides and thrive in multiple cultures.
What happens on Newcastle150?
Over three days, you’ll join a group of 150 people in Newcastle to tackle a pressing challenge your city faces: This year’s challenge is: How do we ensure that by 2032 Newcastle is a city where all of its young people can reach their potential?
You’ll go out into communities, investigate issues, collaborate, hold difficult conversations and work up ideas. You’ll test, refine and either implement your ideas or present them to leaders in Newcastle.
Newcastle150 is intergenerational, giving you the opportunity to work with around 50 established leaders from across Newcastle, who act as group advisors, speakers and immersion hosts. The established leaders benefit from seeing the world through your eyes – the next generation.
"It’s overwhelming to see so many people in one place, sharing interests, sharing concerns, sharing personal challenges, but most of all, their ambition for themselves and for this city and region. We need to have our city leaders and key stakeholders, listening to what these young people are saying about the future they want to shape. This is a voice that we must hear."
The 2020 group came up with nine ideas to address the challenge:
"An important aspect of the programme is to not to let the three days just happen, but to continue the work that we’ve been covering. This can be a starting point for bigger and better things in the future."
If you would like to know more about Newcastle150, please get in touch with us.
How much does it cost?
Newcastle150 is free.
Who can apply?
Young leaders aged 18–25 working, studying or volunteering in Newcastle. The ambition is that the final group will reflect the makeup of this generation in Newcastle.
The application process for Newcastle150 involves answering three questions about your passion for leadership and your city. These questions 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 Newcastle.
"There will always be value in hearing other people’s ideas. The breadth of the group, the different experiences that people bring, the diversity in the group, can only help add to peoples own knowledge and experience, which will serve them all really well on their own leadership journey. I’ve been blown away by the passion, the ambition and the challenge from the young people in the room. It’s been really inspiring and thought provoking."
We are looking for leaders from all backgrounds to contribute to Newcastle150 – 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.
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