The YSPF, which is hosted by Independent Academic Research Studies (IARS) and funded by London Councils, Big Lottery Fund and v, is providing the opportunity for youth-led organisations, infrastructure organisations and representatives from other sectors and government to work together at a London-wide and strategic level on:

  •  providing knowledge and expertise on the youth-led sector to infrastructure organisations, policy makers and other sectors,
  • acting as a one-stop-shop for information for young people and those who work with young people on how to engage with the Olympics
  • promoting good practice in community cohesion and hate crime policy and practice amongst organisations working with young people in London

The Forum is steered by a mixture of frontline, second tier organisations and funders in the youth-led sector, including:

British Youth Council, Children England, Headliners, Envision, Y-Gen, Latin American Youth Forum, Ground Up Development, London Youth, Southwark Young Advisors, London Civic Forum, v, Fundamental Architectural Inclusion, London Voluntary Service Council, Youth Access, Plenet

Activities

 Policy Briefing

In the first Forum meeting in September 2009 the Forum agreed to focus on raising awareness of the youth-led sector to funders, infrastructure organisations and regional decision makers. Members of the Forum suggested a briefing is produced that will highlight the value of the youth-led approach.

The briefing will be launched in the autumn of 2010 to coincide will the start of Parliament.

 Response to the London Councils’ Consultation

The forum provided a voice for the youth-led sector by responding to the London Councils’ Consultation in January 2010.

 Effective Signposting of Olympics Opportunities for Young People

The Forum has effectively signposted opportunities available to young people of the 2012 Games across the London Boroughs.

Minutes of the Forum meetings and the Olympics bulletin can be found below. Please click to download.