Power of the Games to turn young people into Legacy Champions
Gareth Wynn, EDF Group Director London 2012 Programme, and Rommel Moseley, Envision, join the launch of Legacy Champions
Ten colleges in East London have teamed up EDF Energy, the first sustainability partner of London 2012, and youth action charity Envision in a three-year partnership which aims to use the inspiration of London 2012 to help transform the lives of students living around the Olympic Park.
Legacy Champions, which has received LOCOG ‘Inspired by 2012’ accreditation, will see EDF Energy help create a community and environmental legacy for the Games, working with young people through an intense six-month programme with 90 mentors. They will work on legacy projects in the London boroughs that are hosting events at the London 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games.
Gareth Wynn, EDF Group Director London 2012 Programme, said: “Legacy Champions will give hundreds of young people the opportunity to be inspired by London 2012 to do great things, building their confidence and skills as they work on important local projects.
“As the first sustainability partner, EDF Energy is committed to helping with environmental and social issues by taking action and bringing the best out of people, which is exactly what Legacy Champions is designed to do. We’re really going for this – offering 90 employees as mentors to bring this challenge alive.”
Colleges taking part in Legacy Champions are:
Barking & Dagenham: Barking & Dagenham College
Greenwich: Greenwich Community College (with Greenwich Leisure College)
Hackney: Hackney Community College; BSix Sixth Form College
Newham: Newham College of FE; Newham 6th Form College (Newvic)
Tower Hamlets: Tower Hamlets College
Waltham Forest: Leyton Sixth Form College; Sir George Monoux College; Waltham Forest College.
The first hundred Legacy Champions came together from across all ten colleges at Hackney Community College on Friday February 11. They were joined by EDF Energy mentors and local ParalympicGB swimmer Dervis Konuralp, who attended Hackney Community College.
As well as funding, EDF Energy is providing 30 mentors a year to work with students. Supported by mentors, different teams of Legacy Champions will work on a range of local legacy focused projects. There will also be other activities, prizes, a team Environment Challenge and mass volunteering event through EDF Energy’s Helping Hands scheme.
Rommel Moseley, Head of Business Development from Envision, who will manage the project said: “We are delighted to be recognised by EDF Energy and the colleges for our expertise in engaging and inspiring young people to make a positive difference to their communities through social action projects.”
Benjamin Oladunjoye, a student at BSix Sixth Form College, said: “As a Legacy Champion, I feel very excited to be involved in such a good project. I am looking forward to putting the work into creating a project I know I am responsible for and seeing the end result.”
Mark Martin, a student at Waltham Forest College, said: “I am thrilled to be taking part in Legacy Champions and I’m sure it will benefit the surrounding area through leaving an environmental and community legacy.”
Maxine Adesina from Hackney Community College said: "I am very excited about being a Legacy Champion and to have the opportunity of having an input into something that leaves a permanent legacy. This project will offer a great chance for diverse, talented people to come together with ideas that can positively affect our community and overall environment."
Notes to editors:
- Envision provides young people with the opportunity to make a difference. The charity was established in 2000 by four young people who wanted to challenge the stereotype that young people are apathetic and disengaged.
- Today Envision’s programmes supports 13-19 year olds from over 123 schools and colleges in Birmingham, Bristol, Leeds and London, helping them design their own local community social action projects tackling issues ranging from street crime to climate change.
- The experience builds confidence, aspirations and skills – inspiring the next generation of young community leaders.
- Envision has been recognised as a GoldStar Exemplar Project for its best practice in recruiting and supporting young volunteers.