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