For too long, young people have been side-lined in the built environment sector. Our network has told us that they want to do more to engage with young Londoners, both as contributors to decisions in our city and as potential members of the workforce.
The Mayor of London has called for more meaningful engagement with young people on how the city is shaped, acknowledging that “they are often under-represented and overlooked in typical built environment consultation processes”. Planning and designing with children and young people in mind can create more accessible, resilient and inclusive cities. As such there is a need for us as a sector to up our game, gain new skills and build meaningful relationships with young people to inform our work and our cities.
Engaging Young Londoners will showcase some of the young people in the capital who are getting involved with how their area is organised and designed. We’ll highlight best practice and then move onto a workshop to draw out key actions we need to take to overhaul our approach to youth engagement.
The afternoon will feature contributions from organisations including Safer London, Young Westminster Foundation and Common Vision. It will give urban practitioners the opportunity to speak directly to young people about what good looks like. There will be plenty of time for networking and developing partnerships.
If you are a youth-focused organsiaton and would like to bring some young people along, please contact email@example.com.