Sheffield150, a free and exciting enrichment opportunity for young people aged 18-25 in South Yorkshire, will be delivered by Common Purpose from June 14-18 online.

This unique programme for young leaders will help them build connections with a diverse peer group and established local leaders and develop their leadership and problem solving ability.

Common Purpose is a global, not-for-profit leadership organisation that develops inclusive leaders who can cross boundaries and help solve complex problems.

The Sheffield150 programme is open to young people who live, work or study in South Yorkshire (Barnsley, Doncaster, Rotherham and Sheffield) and will challenge them to think about what their generation’s legacy will be.

Given UN Climate Change Conference taking place later this year, all of our UK Legacy programmes have a green challenge at their heart which is: “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 locally.

The programme is free to attend thanks to sponsorship from Sheffield City Council, Sheffield City Region LEP, Westfield Health and Rotherham Doncaster and South Humber NHS Foundation Trust.

Sheffield150 is part of a global campaign of Legacy programmes for young leaders by Common Purpose. Everyone who completes Sheffield150 will have the opportunity to connect with their peers 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.

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 added: “I’m delighted Common Purpose is 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.

“I’d really like to see a wide range of applicants, from all walks of life – we can’t change the story if we don’t change the story tellers and today’s young people are tomorrow’s leaders.”

Nicola Hartley, Executive Director for People & Organizational Development of Rotherham Doncaster and South Humber NHS Foundation Trust commented: “We are delighted to support the Legacy programme that allows our colleagues to work out of their comfort zone and challenge current practices so that they can make significant improvements in their personal development as well as meet other professionals from across the region.”

The programme takes place over four half days; running from 9.30am to 1.30pm on the 14–15 and 17–18 June. Young people aged 18-25 – in and out of work, studying, campaigning and volunteering – can apply at: https://commonpurpose.org/sheffield150