Youth Panel getting voices heard at Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park

Members of the Legacy Youth Voice

Members of the Legacy Youth Voice - Credit: Archant

An innovative group of youngsters helping to shape the future of Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park has elected its own youth board, to help share information and ideas.

London Legacy Development Corporation chief executive David Goldstone

London Legacy Development Corporation chief executive David Goldstone - Credit: Archant

The Legacy Youth Voice (previously the Legacy Youth Panel) is a diverse group, bursting with ideas and insights, helping to create opportunities for young Londoners.

Formed four years before the London 2012 Olympics and Paralympics, the project harnesses young people’s interest and enthusiasm and enables them to make a valuable contribution to the regeneration of the area.

A total of 10 panel members were recently elected to form a Youth Board, providing a link between the Youth Voice and the London Legacy Corporation, sharing information and giving feedback to help inform key priority areas.

The aims of the Legacy Youth Voice include influencing and helping shape the park, being the voice to inform young people about what is happening in the park and providing development and personal growth opportunities for young people involved in the group.

Members of the Legacy Youth Voice

Members of the Legacy Youth Voice - Credit: Archant

Members can gain valuable practical skills and experience in a range of areas, including group and team work, communication and presenting.

Every year since 2008, the group has recruited 30 new people aged between 14 and 18 from Newham, Hackney, Tower Hamlets and Waltham Forest and are on the look-out for new members.

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David Goldstone, chief executive of London Legacy Development Corporation, said: “It was a great to see so much enthusiasm and energy in the room and to celebrate everything the Legacy Youth Panel achieved in the last seven years.

“With so much going on at the park at the moment, and so many exciting plans bubbling away, this is a perfect time to get involved.”

All applications must be received by Friday, December 18.

For more information about Legacy Youth Voice email lyv@wearekaizen.co.uk or call Dena on 07850 653313.

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