Shiregreen teens boost their prospects

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THE future is looking brighter for young people in one of Sheffield’s most deprived areas.

Teenagers from Shiregreen are increasing their employment prospects by taking part in a scheme designed to build skills, qualifications and aspirations.

A Mind Apart, an organisation which uses performing arts to engage with young people, has been delivering a business course at Shiregreen Neighbourhood Centre.

The group of five young people, aged 16 to 19, are either NEETs – not in education, employment or training – or have failed to attend or engage with college courses.

They have been taught CV and letter-writing and entrepreneurship and carried out tasks such as preparing salads and selling them.

Jodie Marshall, A Mind Apart managing director, said: “The courses are a great place for young people to work with others and develop their confidence and self-esteem.

“One of the girls was interested in dance, so she had to come up with a lesson to teach to others.

“The idea is they lead themselves through it and make themselves more employable as a result.

“At the end of the course they receive a qualification either around performing arts or social business enterprise.”

The project was organised with the help of Shiregreen Community Homes – which belongs to the Sanctuary Housing group – and is part of Sheffield’s Future:proof network.