Schoolkids are being encouraged to take part in a contest which asks them to describe what they would change to help young people succeed.

And the winner will earn the chance to attend a dinner with Michelle Obama.

The former US first lady is to visit Edinburgh on July 17 to speak at an event organised by The Hunter Foundation.

Now school pupils have been asked to submit a short essay, video, picture or poem on the theme ‘If I ruled Scotland, the one thing I’d change to enable more young people to succeed would be...’

The winner will receive a table of 10 on the night, including an accompanying adult.

Sir Tom Hunter, the Scots entrepreneur who set up the foundation, said:

“We want to showcase the brightest talent in Scotland and the greatest ideas to support young people to be all they can be.

“No doubt young people know precisely what’s needed but are rarely asked, hence this challenge.”

Anyone who is of school age can take part. Entries should be emailed to by June 22.