YOUNG people in Huddersfield are being invited to take up the challenge of improving their environment.

The Young People's Enterprise Forum's Community Challenge is a year-long competition.

The challenge is aimed at 11-18 year olds in secondary schools, colleges and youth organisations.

It invites them to come up with a project that will improve the environment and make local communities a better place to live.

To enter, young people need to work in groups and outline their idea in an application form.

The most promising groups will then get support to help turn their idea into a reality.

The teams will also be helped to develop a business plan for their idea.

The most successful projects and plans will be judged by a Dragon's Den-style panel next summer.

The winners will be encouraged to create their idea and funding opportunities will be explored.

The challenge was launched at Yorkshire Sculpture Park.

Alex McWhirter, head of enterprise at Yorkshire Forward, said: "Young people often feel that their concerns and ideas are not considered and their voice is not heard.

"The YPEF Community Challenge is a great chance for young people to make a real impact on how their communities and environment move forward and improve."

Entries for the Community Challenge must be submitted by December 22.

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