SC's 2017 Youth Panel to tackle third assignment this month
Ahead of the workshop, Qatar Volunteer will be hosting a session to outline the positive impact individual generosity can have on society. They will also inform participants of the required skills to become a volunteer.
Youth Panel 2017 members pose outside Al Bidda Tower following an assignment
Established in 2015 by the SC's Community Engagement Division, the Youth Panel was launched to give young people their say on 2022 FIFA World Cup™ plans. Now in its third cycle, the programme aims to inspire youngsters and foster a sense of ownership and pride in the tournament, especially with regard to the legacy it will leave.
Over the past two years, panelists have set their own agenda and gained unique access to architects, engineers, medical professionals and experts from across the SC. In addition, they have visited stadium sites and attended workshops to learn about the infrastructure and legacy planning for the Middle East's first FIFA World Cup™.
A unique element of this year's Youth Panel is that the 45 members are encouraged to produce their own social media content after every event. These narratives are then published on the SC's official channels.
Youth Panel 2017 at the Al Wakrah Stadium following their workshop
Panelists met the engineers and health and safety team working at Al Wakrah Stadium. They also tried out the cooling helmets which were developed by the SC for construction workers. A month later, panelists were given a summary of the SC's arts and culture strategy. They also visited the SC's Legacy Pavilion and took part in a workshop with a local artist.
SC Community Engagement Manager Khalid Al Jumaily said the year's third workshop was an opportunity for members of the 2017 Youth Panel to give back to the workers who are delivering the 2022 FIFA World Cup™.
"The Youth Panel provides a marvellous opportunity for the next generation to engage with us, play an active role in the developments of their communities and, most importantly, to have their voices heard," he said.
"Every year the project has grown in size and scope, and 2017 is no different. The class of 2017 have already visited one of our stadiums and taken part in an arts and culture workshop. The upcoming volunteering workshop gives them a chance to meet with and help us give something back to the people who are making this World Cup happen – the workers – at the appreciation dinner we are hosting later this month."
Members of the 2017 Youth Panel at the arts and culture workshop
The panel will have a busy time during the remaining part of 2017, with workshops on Hamad International Airport, FIFA operations, Qatar Rail and social media scheduled for September, October, November and December respectively.
Two further workshops in the first two months of 2018 – on Hamad Medical Corporation and Aspire Zone – will bring their stint to a close.