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.