The world of local democracy was opened up to teenagers during a mock debate.
Young people taking part in the National Citizen Service were invited to South Shields Town Hall to find out more about local politics.
The group made up of 16 teenagers, aged between 15 to 17 years old, were given a tour of the building and received information on what the council does, how decisions are made and how people can get involved in local democracy.
The teenagers were also given the chance to see democracy in action in a mock debate.
The Mayor of South Tyneside, Coun Fay Cunningham, said: “This was a really worthwhile visit.
“It’s important to encourage our young people about the democratic process and stimulate their interest in local politics.
“It is really heartening to see these young people taking such a keen interest in local government issues as they are the voters of the future.”
The National Citizen Service gives 15 to 17-year-olds the chance to make new friends, take part in a wide range of activities and raise funds for their local communities.
Those taking part, learn valuable life skills, make extraordinary friendships and create unforgettable memories.
For more information on the National Citizenship Service, visit www.ncsyes.co.uk