The Legacy Youth Panel is a dedicated group of young people from east London who generously give up their time to input constructively into the long term planning and urban design of their area.
Since its launch in October 2008 the Panel has submitted a formal response to the Legacy Communities Scheme masterplan, created a Soundscape to accompany the flythrough of the proposed developments and have written a Manifesto to share their vision for the development of communities and the built environment following the Olympic Games. The Panel has presented their Manifesto to Ministers of Parliament and the Chief Executive of the Olympic Park Legacy Company.
They have also held three successful events for other young people -in 2009 at the Ocean in Hackney commissioning the Light Surgeons to provide a glimpse of the future with a mix of video and sounds onto a 3D model of the Park; in 2010 in the LIFT in Canning Town and at Rich Mix in 2011 presenting their findings through music and drama.
This leading example of direct youth engagement in planning and urban design has subsequently led to the Panel being actively involved in major planning proposals on the Park; sitting on the judging panels for the North and South Hub architecture competitions and the Panel is now working alongside the Legacy Corporationís Quality Review Panel.
Over the 5 year period since the Panel began, through to the opening of Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park and establishment of the Legacy Youth Board Fundamental managed and supported over 144 young people from the boroughs of Hackney, Newham, Tower Hamlets, Waltham Forest, Barking and Dagenham and Greenwich, helping them to understand and actively shape Olympic Legacy.