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What will your generation's legacy be?


In 2034, it will be 60 years since the formation of Sunderland – how will you shape Sunderland’s future?

Sunderland60 convenes a diverse group of leaders, aged 18-25, from across Sunderland to address the question: "What will the legacy of our generation be?" Because after all, they are the generation who will shape Sunderland ahead.

Sunderland60 is 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 programmes around the world.

By doing Sunderland60 you will:

  • Meet a new, diverse group of young people who care about making change happen in Sunderland 
  • Develop and practice leadership skills such as problem solving, communication and team working 
  • Earn great experience that will benefit your CV and LinkedIn profile
  • Connect with established leaders across all parts of Sunderland's community
  • Additional opportunities to receive free, personalized leadership coaching sessions 

If you're a young leader aged 18-25 from Sunderland, apply for this free online programme here!

Alexander Hammond, Head of Learning & Org. Development, Gentoo

"We are delighted to be supporting the Common Purpose Legacy Programme again this year alongside our key partners in Sunderland. Last year's programme was a huge success and provided opportunities for young people in the city to develop their skills and create a shared vision for their legacy in Sunderland. The programme will provide young people with a fantastic opportunity to work together on creating some ideas for transforming communities into greener and cleaner spaces as we work towards our target of Sunderland becoming carbon neutral by 2040."

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Why take part?

Sunderland60 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 Sunderland.

What happens on Sunderland60?

You'll join a group of up to 100 young people in Sunderland to tackle a pressing challenge your city faces. This year's challenge is: ‘How can we act together to transform Sunderland into a cleaner, greener place for all?’ 

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

Sunderland60 is inter-generational, giving you the opportunity to work with around 30 established leaders from across Sunderland, who act as group advisors, speakers and immersion hosts. The established leaders benefit from seeing the world through your eyes - the next generation.


Dates? TBC

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

How much does it cost? Sunderland60 is free.

Application process

The application process for Sunderland60 involves answering a question that reflects your passion for leadership and your city. The 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 Sunderland

Professor Michael Young, Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Academic), University of Sunderland

"As a life-changing, society-shaping university, we are proud to be supporting the Common Purpose Legacy Programme alongside other partners in Sunderland. Our students and staff look forward to contributing to the diverse group of leaders that will help shape our city’s future, and we stand ready to support them in making the personal, professional and civic impacts that will deliver that legacy."