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Elevate is designed for young people, by young people, made up of a collective of young people who use their unique lived experience to drive innovation, shape change and elevate futures.

Over the last 10 years our youth programme has involved over 3,000 young people of east London, through projects such as Legacy Youth Board, Youth Voice, Future Me, Future Youth, East Summer School and East Careers week. Elevate is here to involve, connect and inspire young people of east London to the opportunities on Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park.

Reaching over 3,000 young people

Representing - Elevate represents the future of east London, shaping Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park and ensuring opportunities are open to all 

Empowering - Elevate is here to uplift the community, ensuring inclusive growth for all 

Collaborating - Elevate is a collective effort, the community is the vehicle to drive ideas and exchange knowledge to come up with innovative solutions 

Elevate Fund

Elevate is proud to announce the Elevate Fund, supported by generous funding from Spirit of 2012, and in collaboration with FFL. This London 2012 Legacy Partnership project is designed to bring the legacy from the London 2012 Games – past, present and future – to the forefront.

The Elevate Fund will distribute grants for the community with the community, and collaborate with funders to fund impactful projects that help young people and youth invested organisations from the Olympic Boroughs (Newham, Hackney, Tower Hamlets and Waltham Forest).

There are three awards in our fund:

  • YOUNG PERSON AWARDS: 16-25 years olds up to £500 to be spent reach a specific educational or developmental goal through the purchase of equipment or support 
  • CATALYST FOR CHANGE AWARDS: Up to £2K for organizations and individuals that want to tackle root problems
  • BREAKTHROUGH AWARDS: Between £5K and £15K to youth led and youth invested organizations!

Applications will open from the 2nd April until the 2nd of June. 

Find out more about the Fund and how you can apply here! 

Register your interest

Future Me, Future Youth 2024

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Future Me, Future Youth 2024

Calling all aspiring young entrepreneurs, creatives and career seekers! 

Elevate brings you Future Me, Future Youth to help you find your path and uplift your future

Here's what you can expect at this year’s free event:

Meet your future 

Network with industry experts, local organisations and your peers. Get 1 to 1 advice  with our employer and professional speed dating session. 

Express your future

3 debates x 3 rooms – Get involved in the conversation with this year's themes led by inspirational trailblazers 

Fund your future

Find out more about our Elevate grants which can help you kickstart or grow your career and brand. 

There will also be free food, live entertainment and a prize draw!

Hosted by Islah, Actor, Filmmaker and Content Creator & our East Bank Partners (BBC, Breakin Convention, Sadler’s Wells, V&A, London College of Fashion, and UCL).

Sign up below to find out more. 

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Elevate Board

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Elevate Board

Formally the Legacy Youth Board - established in 2019 is currently made up of fifteen 18 – 24 year olds influencing and shaping decisions across LLDC, ensuring that the voices of young people are represented at a strategic level. 

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Elevate Youth Voice

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Elevate Youth Voice

Formally Legacy Youth Voice - established in 2008 is made up of forty five 14–18-year olds providing their expertise and lived experience to help shape plans for the Park.  

How has Elevate helped?

Discover ways Elevate has helped shape the Park:

  • Elevate have fed into every major planning application on the Park from the overarching masterplanning phase right through to the detailed design of the individual neighbourhoods. 
  • They have helped shape each of the LLDC’s Priority Theme strategies. 
  • They were part of the selection committee that appointed the design team for Timber Lodge and Tumbling Bay. 
  • As a direct role of their work on the Women and Girls piece, they are now co-clienting the development of a shelter for the Youth Play space that will be situated in the phase 2 of the East Wick development. A team of girls from Elevate have been working with the Mayor Design Advocates to develop a brief and will work with a team of built environment experts throughout the process. 
  • Contributing to the development of Shift, feeding into plans, ensuring that it meets its key objective of being an inclusive innovation district. This has involved providing detailed feedback on Shift key themes at the Future Me Future Youth conference in 2022 and providing a keynote speech at the Shift launch.  
  • Ongoing involvement with the two flagship skills and employment spaces on QEOP: 
    • Good Growth Hub - fed into the initial design of the space, were involved in a design challenge through the Fuse project, fed into the branding and were involved in shaping the future governance structure. 
    • Build East - feeding into their future plans, exploring ways to partner with the community. Build East team have committed to work with Elevate to establish a ‘youth voice for Build East’ which will essentially be made up of user groups which they plan to establish by the end of the year. 

Youth Engagement Network

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Youth Engagement Network

In 2018 LLDC established the Youth Engagement Network as a platform for borough youth service leads and local youth providers to come together to exchange information on programme level activity, tackle collective issues together, share models of best practice and provide opportunities for collaboration, and to support in the co-design in our areas of work. 

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