8 Feb 13

Young people across East London tasked to become Legacy Champions

Peter Thorn, EDF Energy Community & Education Manager, and Julia Stevens, Programmes Manager at Envision, join hundreds of students from East London to launch the Legacy Champions programme

Young people across East London are to develop a series of local community projects to build on the lasting legacy of the London Olympic and Paralympic Games.

EDF Energy has teamed up with youth action charity Envision to launch this year’s Legacy Champions programme, and use the inspiration of London 2012 Games to develop projects for young people to tackle environmental and social issues through taking action in their community.

Colleges taking part are BSix Sixth Form College, Hackney Community College, Newham College of FE, Barking & Dagenham College, Greenwich Community College, Tower Hamlets College, Leyton Sixth Form College and Waltham Forest College.

More than a hundred students from the eight colleges and 20 EDF Energy mentors joined Peter Thorn, Community and Education Manager and Xenia Davis, Regional Manager at Envision, at the launch event on Wednesday 6 February at City Edge in Hackney.

Peter Thorn, EDF Energy Community & Education Manager, said: “EDF Energy’s partnership with Envision has helped inspire a generation of young people who want to invest in their own future and make a positive impact in their communities.

“We are proud to support Legacy Champions and help tackle environmental and social issues and bring students together to work as a team and for their voices to be heard. EDF Energy provides business mentors to help the young people to develop their ideas, encourage creativity and build their confidence. They learn invaluable life skills and gain vital business experience whilst working on important local projects.”

Xenia Davis, Regional Manager at Envision, said: “We’re delighted to launch the third year of a very successful programme with EDF Energy. Through the programme over 200 teenagers from East London have already been inspired to lead their own social action projects improving their local area. We can’t wait to see what these Legacy Champions achieve in 2013.”

Nassir Belai, student from Leyton Sixth Form College and taking part in Legacy Champions, said:”I signed up to take part in Legacy Champions as it is a great way to learn new skills while taking part in extra curricular activities. I am planning on going to university to become a teacher so watching how Envision engage and inspire all the students is really beneficial.

“We are planning on looking at a project that works with our local community, tackling health and smoking related issues while improving relations between the generations.”

The Legacy Champions Programme is part of a three-year partnership between EDF Energy and Envision. So far, 17 community projects have been created involving more than 250 students and 52 EDF Energy mentors.

Previous projects developed by students include a crime prevention workshop by Newham College, a mini Olympic-themed event held by NewVIc College to raise awareness of getting active through sport and Waltham Forest College taking part in a festival to encourage the community on how to be more sustainable.

The students and mentors will also join together in April for a mass volunteering event to clean a section of bank along the River Thames through EDF Energy’s Helping Hands scheme.