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Common Purpose Project calls for young leaders to shape Sheffield's future

Sheffield150 will bring together young people across the city to answer the question: "What will the legacy of our generation be?”

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A new project is looking for young leaders in Sheffield to imagine what the city will look like in decades to come.

2043 will mark the 150th anniversary of Sheffield receiving city status from Queen Victoria, and Sheffield150 gathers together leaders aged 18 to 25 who will shape the city in the next 23 years.

Four sessions will take place between 15–16 and 19–20 October on Zoom. Young leaders aged 18 to 25 living, working or studying in Sheffield can apply for the free programme.

Lucy Nickson of Sheffield's Local Economic Partnership said that the project would "bring 100 young Sheffielders from a wide range of backgrounds together to talk about some of the most important issues we are facing today."

"They will have the opportunity to connect with a diverse group of people, share ideas, have their voices heard, and, most importantly, make the leaders and key stakeholders from today listen to how young people want to shape the future and drive change," she said.

The project is supported by Sheffield City Council and Sheffield City Region, alongside the University of Sheffield and the city's NHS trust.

“Covid-19 has put the spotlight on how much can be achieved by working together in new innovative ways as so many in our city have done in recent months," said Tony Pedder of the NHS trust.

"We need to continue to build on that and take this to an even higher level."

Sheffield150 is part of Legacy, a global campaign by Common Purpose which asks young people to think about what future impact they will have on where they live.

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