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

Newcastle150 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.

Councillor Nick Forbes, Leader of Newcastle City Council

“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.”

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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.

Image © John Donoghue 2016

Application Process

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.

© Chris Bishop 2016

© Allan Wallace 2015

Thank you to Nexus for sponsoring Newcastle150.



10 – 12 March 2020.

Application deadline

The application deadline has been extended to Friday 21 February due to lots of late interest.

How much does it cost?

Newcastle150 is free.

Who can apply?

Young leaders aged 18–25 living or studying in Newcastle. The ambition is that the final group will reflect the makeup of this generation in Newcastle.

Jane Robinson, Dean of Engagement and Place, Newcastle University

"Newcastle University is firmly rooted in this City and its community. Working with Common Purpose on the Legacy Programme – the first of its kind in the UK – is a great opportunity to hear the voices of young people of all backgrounds setting out what they want the City to be in the future to enable all young people to fulfill their potential. We want to play our part in making that ambition a reality. We hope this programme will give young people the opportunity to gain the experience and confidence not just to share their ideas, but to become the leaders of the future."

Volunteer for Newcastle150

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.

Header image © Chris Auld 2018