About YoYP 2018

What was it about?

Scotland’s young people are incredible, and 2018 was a year dedicated to showing the world just that.

Year of Young People (YoYP 2018) put the spotlight on 8 to 26 year olds, giving them new and powerful ways to express their creativity, skills and talents on a global stage.

Fed up with hearing about how young people are “lazy”, “disengaged” and “too young to have a say”? Well so were we. YoYP 2018 turned up the volume on their voices and gave them a stronger say in designing and shaping policy and decision making in Government and within their communities.

Young people were at the heart of the Year – they shaped the look and feel of the brand, the themes it should cover and were involved in every decision, all following the recommendations made by an Interim Planning Group of children and young people. Read their report here.

Made by young people for all ages to enjoy. Partnership and collaboration was key to its success and it couldn’t have happened without the support from so many amazing organisations, schools, events and festivals. You can find out more about our partners here. Find out our youth partners’ approach to involving young people in the co-design of YOYP 2018 – download the Co-design Blueprint.

Our 5 goals.

  • Provide a platform for young people to have their views heard and acted upon
  • Showcase the amazing talents of young people through events and media
  • Develop better understanding, co-operation and respect between generations
  • Recognise the impact of teachers, youth workers and other supporting adults on young people’s lives
  • Provide opportunities for young people to express themselves through culture, sport and other activities

Our themes

Everything to do with the year was shaped around these six themes.


Share and celebrate young people’s talent and contribution to Scottish culture and arts.


Allow young people to have more say in their education and learning.

enterprise and regeneration

Celebrate young people’s role in innovation, entrepreneurship and the Scottish economy as well as making Scotland a greener and more pleasant place to live.

equality and discrimination

Recognise the positive impact of young people in Scotland and encourage them to take the lead in challenging all forms of prejudice and discrimination.

health and wellbeing

Make sure young people have the chance to lead healthy, active lives and understand the importance of mental health and resilience.


Give young people the chance to influence decisions that affect their lives.

How it came about?

Year of Young People 2018 is part of the Scottish Government’s themed-years programme, which shines a light on Scotland’s greatest assets.

As far as we know, Scotland is the first country in the world, to dedicate a full year to celebrating young people.

The next themed-year is the Year of Coast and Waters – ahoy mate!