Our pioneering workshops and forums for young people, built environment professionals, London boroughs and others involved in youth engagement aim to develop knowledge, disseminate examples of good practice, and provide discussion opportunities between peers. There is no one way to carry out youth engagement and we have developed methods that can be used in the beginning of the design & visioning process, through to final delivery stages of projects, ensuring maximum benefit can be derived from the investment being made in communities.
Our methods, approach and aims are supported by a wide range of practitioners including Colin Haylock, Junior Vice-President of the RTPI (incoming President of 2012).
When asked by My City Too to comment on the importance of youth participation in planning:
"The environments that society shapes today and tomorrow through planning will be the environments in which our children will play out their presents and shape their futures. Young people have most to gain from the creation and sustaining of successful places and most to lose from their failure. They must have opportunities to take a very active part in planning our futures -- to have an influential voice -- and to have their concerns addressed, their aspirations expressed, and ideally realised."
Colin Haylock, Junior Vice-President, RTPI