Editor's Comment: Youngsters of the future
YESTERDAY was Takeover Day, a national event that gives thousands of young people the opportunity to work with adults and get involved in decision making.
The day was originally formed to raise awareness and promote young people's involvement in decision making. North East Lincolnshire Takeover Day has been running for three years supported by the Young People Support Service.
As such, we – Kelly Ballard and Olivia Scott – spent the day at the Grimsby Telegraph.
The event aims to break down barriers between young people and adults as well as giving the young people an active role in the community.
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Last year's event resulted in the creation of the Telegraph's Young Reporters scheme, which allows a group of young people to write columns for the Grimsby Telegraph about what's important to their generation. The group has been a great success; so far 16 young people in North East Lincolnshire have taken part, with the outcomes being nominations for local, regional and national awards, recognition from other areas that have set up their own similar scheme and young reporters going into journalism.
Others involved in Takeover Day activities yesterday include YPSS Career service interview room being reviewed and blogs being written, the member of youth parliament taking part in a debate in the House of Commons and the deputy member of Youth Parliament working with the deputy leader of the council.
Jess, 15, a participant in the Takeover Day blog writing, said "We have been designing an interview room, cutting things out on magazines and looking at the Lincs2 website. It's really fun."
Amy Wilson, from YPSS, told us: "As we are a service for young people it's important to inform them and let them make decisions."