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What will your generation’s legacy be?


In 2043, Sheffield will be 150 years old – how will you shape your city's future? 

Sheffield150 convenes a diverse group of leaders, aged 18-25, from across Sheffield to address the question: "What will the legacy of our generation be?” Because after all, you are the generation who will shape the city when it reaches 150.

Sheffield150 is a part of Legacy; a global campaign by 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. Click here to see other legacy programs around the world.

  • If you want to;
    Connect with other amazing young leaders across Sheffield to make a difference in your city.
  • Access senior leaders in Sheffield to have your say on some of the city’s challenges that matter the most to you.
  • Gain skills that will increase your employability and add to your resume.

If so, and you’re 18-25 from the Sheffield area, apply for this free online program here!

Lucy Nickson, Vice Chair, Sheffield City Region Local Economic Partnership

“The Sheffield City Region LEP is very pleased to be partnering with Common Purpose on the Sheffield edition of its global Legacy campaign. Legacy will 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”

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Why take part?

Sheffield150 is your opportunity to come together as a generation and think through what your generation’s legacy will be. As part of a highly diverse group of peers, you will tackle real social challenges facing Sheffield and develop Cultural Intelligence in the process – the ability to cross divides and thrive in multiple cultures.

What is the application process?

The application process for Sheffield150 involves answering one question which reflects your passion for leadership and your city. This question can be answered by whichever means feels most comfortable to you, be it written, video submission, a piece of artwork, song or photograph – however you best feel you can express your desire to take responsibility for the legacy of Sheffield.

What happens on Sheffield150?

You’ll join a group of 100 people in Sheffield to tackle a pressing challenge your city faces: This year’s challenge is: How do we work together to create a fair, inclusive and healthy Sheffield?

You’ll come together online to investigate issues, collaborate, hold difficult conversations and work up ideas. You’ll test, refine and present your ideas to leaders in Sheffield.

Sheffield150 is intergenerational, giving you the opportunity to work with around 30 established leaders from across the city, who act as group advisors, speakers and immersion hosts. The established leaders benefit from seeing the world through your eyes - the next generation.

Tony Pedder Obe, Chairman, Sheffield Teaching Hospital NHS Foundation 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. We need to continue to build on that and take this to an even higher level. That is why I support the Common Purpose Legacy programme which focuses on bringing together young people from different backgrounds and with different perspectives to share their thoughts and experiences and to work harmoniously towards a better future for all our citizens.”


Dates? October 15–16 and 19–20, plus a Welcome Session, 7 October.

Where? 4 hours each day online. All sessions are on Zoom.

Who can apply? Young leaders aged 18-25 living, working or studying in Sheffield.

How much does it cost? Sheffield150 is free.

Volunteer for Sheffield150

We are looking for leaders from all backgrounds to contribute to Sheffield150 – sharing their insight and, in the process, seeing their city or country through the eyes of the next generation. We need speakers, panellists, mentors and immersion hosts. If you want to be a contributor, sign up below.