What is Year of Young People 2018?
In a nutshell
Year of Young People 2018 is an opportunity to celebrate the amazing young personalities, talents, and achievers that make up Scotland. It’s all about inspiring our nation through its young people’s ideas, attitudes and ambitions.
This year long programme of events, activities and ideas will give young people in Scotland the opportunity to show the world what they’re made of. Year of Young People 2018 is something everyone can support (young or young-at-heart) and be immensely proud of.
aim and objectives
An in-depth engagement process was undertaken by young people in 2015 and 2016 - see below, under journey so far, for more information on this.
Based on what was heard through this engagement process, young people made recommendations for what the aim, objectives and priority themes should be for the Year of Young People 2018. All activity delivered through Year of Young People 2018 will be developed with a clear focus on meeting these aims and objectives.
Year of Young People 2018 aims to inspire Scotland through its young people, celebrating their achievements, valuing their contribution to communities and creating new opportunities for them to shine locally, nationally and globally.
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
Activity for the Year of Young People 2018 will be based around six key themes, which were developed by young people and will guide everything we do across the year:
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.
the journey so far
The journey started way back in 2013 when Scotland’s Former First Minister, Alex Salmond, first announced that 2018 would be the Year of Young People.
The next significant step was in 2015 when the Scottish Government commissioned three youth organisations (Children in Scotland, Scottish Youth Parliament and Young Scot) to directly engage young people to co-design what shape Year of Young People 2018 should take. More recently, young people have been involved in the development of the brand and logo for Year of Young People 2018.
An Interim Planning Group of 18 young people (aged 8 to 22) then worked with their peers and stakeholders through online and offline events to find out what mattered to them.
Over 600 young people and 200 stakeholders took part in this process and it led to the planning groups making recommendations to Scottish Government Ministers of what the aim, objectives and themes of the year should be.
Download our Interim Planning Group Recommendations
designing the brand
In the spirit of co-design, there was a brand jam day that brought together 30 young people, 12 students from Edinburgh College, and staff from Young Scot and The Gate.
After a day of sketching, drawing, painting and play-dough’ing the group picked a preferred route to go into development. In the weeks that followed, two students from Edinburgh College were invited on a work placement at The Gate to refine the Year of Young People 2018 brand. They were then invited to the Scottish Parliament to present their work to Mark McDonald, the Minister for Childcare and Early Years, who was very impressed and approved the brand.
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