A Royal date for #YoYP2018

On Tuesday 13 February, young people behind YoYP 2018 met HRH Prince Harry and Ms Markle at Holyrood Palace, to give them a glimpse what this year has in store!

Check out the video below to get a peek into what happened.

Marking their first visit to Scotland, young people made sure it was a date to remember for the Royal couple. They were treated to a ‘Perfect’ performance from Impact Arts group, who also made an impressive pitch to play at their wedding, giving Ed Sheeran a run for his money. Pupils from Port High School performed their own slam poem, and aspiring gymnastic, Fraser Lynes, gave a flipping (quite literally) performance.

(A little birdie told us that Ed Sheeran’s would be playing at an upcoming wedding. But if that falls through our diary is free.)

Around 50 young people aged 8 to 26 years from schools, youth organisations and YoYP 2018 group Communic18 and Ambassador programme, represented their peers and shared their plans for the year.

Ben, aged 9, Communic18 member, lead the Royal couple around the reception, he said:

“My role is to make sure young people get their say on issues which matter most to them and that adults listen. I loved meeting Prince Harry and Ms Markle and telling them everything we are doing in Scotland.”

In addition, First Minister Nicola Sturgeon and Maree Todd, Minister for Early Years and YoYP 2018 attended to hear young people’s hopes for the Scottish Government themed-year programme.

HHR Prince Harry also met young people playing an important role in influencing policy and decision making across the six themes for the Year – education, health and wellbeing, enterprise and regeneration, culture, participation and equality and discrimination.

Speaking at the event, Charlotte Liddell, aged 20, an Ambassador and the First Minister’s Mentee, added: “This year has already given me so many amazing opportunities, but meeting Prince Harry and Ms Markle and sharing my story with them has been a once in a life-time experience. I was labelled a certain way because I am a young parent. But I am also a young carer and a volunteer. For me, Year of Young People has handed young people their own microphone – it’s time we start listening and stop labelling young people.”

Young people helping design events for the year, including youth panels from TEDXYouth@Glagsow, Peter Pan Mont Brae Trust and Edinburgh International Film Festival, gave a taste of what events Scotland has to look forward to.

Dylan-Starr Adams and Madeleine Reay, both age 16 and helping to plan Edinburgh’s International Film Festival youth strand, added:

“It was amazing to represent EIFF’s Youth strand, The Young & the Wild, and the team of Young Programmers at this event. The chance to talk to both Prince Harry and Meghan Markle about our work was so exciting: it was a chance to share our plans for 2018 with everyone including the new Royal couple. It was great to meet everyone and hear what else is in the works for The Year of Young People.”

Organisations leading and delivering specific activity for Year were also invited including; Young Scot, Children in Scotland, Scottish Youth Parliament, YouthLink Scotland, VisitScotland, LGBT Scotland, Glasgow 2018 European Championships and Crieff High School.

As a final farewell, the Royal couple were presented with two tartan scarfs by WhoCares? Scotland, which exists so that those in care have their own family identity together.

You can check out all the highlights on our social channels! Search #YoYP2018 @YoYP2018.