Through the Young Leaders Programme, London 2012 is giving a group of young people the chance to make a positive change to their lives and their communities, culminating in volunteering roles during the Games.
Supported by BP, the programme launched in January 2010 and has seen the Young Leaders take part in a two-year training programme designed to improve their inter-personal, communication and leadership skills.
LOCOG Chair Seb Coe said: ‘As part of our original bid for London 2012, we made a commitment to deliver a programme that would engage and inspire young people. It is hugely encouraging to see these young people graduate from the Young Leaders Programme today.
‘Through creating a programme that encourages positive change not just to individuals, but also their communities, we are delivering on inspiring young people to be part of London 2012.’
As part of the scheme, the Young Leaders have been involved in a number of volunteering opportunities delivered by national youth volunteering charity vInspired, the Dame Kelly Holmes Legacy Trust and Aberdeen Foyer
Katie Lowe, a Young Leader from Aberdeen said: ‘The prospect of being involved in London 2012 as a Games Maker is so exciting and I’m really looking forward to putting all the things we’ve learnt as Young Leaders into practice when I’m meeting spectators from all around the world.'