The Olympic games are coming to the UK, and the whole country is abuzz with excitement. However, the Olympics aren't just about the atheletes, the events, and the medals; they're also about the host country and the people who work hard to make sure the games run smoothly.
Why this Student Spoke Out
With the London Olympics fast approaching, student correspondents for Headliners, a youth journalism organization, wanted to investigate how young people are getting involved with the games.
The Olympics is the largest sporting event on the planet, and the London Councils are expecting more than four million people to descend on the city during the games.
Many of these people will be traveling through Stratford in east London; a traditionally poor area of the city that has seen rapid change since the construction of the Olympic park nearby. Many long-time residents see the area's new upscale shops, built to spruce up Stratford for the games, and feel as though the neighborhood is starting to push them out.
In this audio piece, students from Headliners investigate whether Stratford's young people are excited about the games, and whether Olympic organizers are doing enough to make them feel part of the neighborhood's growth.