Sheffield150 is challenging young people to create a lasting legacy in South Yorkshire

New programme Sheffield150 is presenting young people aged 18 to 25 in Sheffield with a free opportunity to shape its future.

Sheffield150 will challenge a diverse group of 100 young people to think through what their generation’s legacy will be.

Throughout this online programme, which is free to attend, participants will work together to tackle a challenge for the area.

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It is themed around the question: “How do we act together to transform our community into a cleaner, greener place for all?”

Sheffield150 participants will be set the challenge by Dan Jarvis, SCR Mayor. They will investigate issues, collaborate, hold difficult conversations and work up ideas. They will then test, refine and present these ideas to senior leaders in the city.

Sheffield150 is part of Legacy; a global campaign by international leadership development organization, 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.

Everyone who completes Sheffield150 will have the opportunity to connect with young leaders from other global Legacy Initiatives in the US, Singapore, Pakistan, Bangladesh, Nigeria and Germany, and closer to home in the UK in Newcastle, Lancashire, Bradford and Leeds.

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Marie Mohan, chief executive of Common Purpose UK said: “Our Legacy programmes pre-dated the pandemic but they are coming into their own now given how important it is that we invest in young people after the year they’ve had – in terms of the damage to their education, employment prospects and social lives. Equally, we need to involve them in shaping the recovery plans for the future of their communities and to let them know that their perspectives are valued. We need a new generation of young leaders to come through who have the commitment and ability to bridge divides and we all need to hear and support our young people with their big ideas and long-term thinking.”

Louisa Harrison Walker, Chair, Common Purpose South Yorkshire Advisory Group adds: “I’m delighted Common Purpose are running one of five northern Legacy programmes here in South Yorkshire. It’s an incredible opportunity for 100 18-25-year-olds to glean insights from leading lights in local business, charities and public office, as well as each other.

"They will discover the power of difference and the beauty of collaboration.”

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