Youth Participation and Localism Seminar

A seminar to showcase My City Too’s work in to increase youth participation in built environment policy.

Key Project Information

Partners: LB Harrow, LB Ealing
Participants: 16 young people aged 12-19; audience of 62 planning officers, councillors and built environment professionals
Format: Seminar

Project Overview

Through the My City Too programme we are seeking to develop a number of methods for youth participation in the built environment, with the aim of ensuring young people are included in the formation of built environment policy. The ‘Localism and Youth Participation in the Built Environment’ showcased the work of My City Too in this field through case study examples, presentations from young people and a panel discussion.


  • To provide the audience with key information on what methods are available for youth participation and how to replicate them in their own neighbourhoods and boroughs
  • To encourage opportunities for informal dialogues and questions with young people and planning and youth services
  • To highlight and share Open-City’s knowledge of and expertise in research, training and up-skilling

Project Detail

Young people are active users of London’s built environment and its future custodians. My City Too is a movement that aims to embed young people at the heart of their local urban development and in wider regional and national built environment policy. Through the introduction of the Localism Bill central government will shift power back into the hands of individuals, communities and councils.

Through our youth led seminar we presented some of the successful methods that have been developed since 2009 and disseminated the approaches to an audience of interested parties.

The seminar presented case studies from councils participating in the Young Planners programme, highlighting the successful approaches and methods taken in each of the boroughs. A brief panel discussion examined the Young Planners Programme in further detail and allowed the audience to ask questions. Three further presentations were given by My City Too Young Ambassadors examining methods developed by My City Too highlighting the benefits of each of the different approaches.


  • Young ambassadors feeling confident enough to engage decision makers around the built environment and translate on how spaces have an impact on lives
  • Young people taking on challenging roles ie. speaking at conferences
  • Increased numbers of young people are inspired to improve their built environment
  • Young people contributing their ideas to the seminar, demonstrating capacity to articulate complex issues

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“It’s wonderful to be presenting alongside the Harrow Young Planners. Young people are vital to the development of Harrow and its future, getting young people enthused in terms of long term-planning is crucial to their communities.”

Stephen Kelly, Planning Director of Harrow Council

“The Localism Bill is important to everyone no matter what age they age or who they are.”

Robert Newcombe, My City Too ambassador, aged 16