What is Year of Young People 2018?

In a nutshell

Year of Young People 2018 is an opportunity for generations to come together and celebrate our nation’s young people.

It is a platform for our young people (8 to 26). It will give them a stronger voice on issues which affect their lives, showcase their ideas and talents, and ultimately, aim to challenge status quo and create a more positive perception of them in society.


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Young people lead 2018

Young people's voices have been at the heart of the Year, since planning started in 2015. After leading an in-depth consultation with hundreds of their peers, they made recommendations on what the top priorities and goals should be. 

To take forward these ideas, a group of 35 young people, Communic18, was created. Their role is to influence how the Year will be run, while ensuring young people’s voices are heard and acted upon. In addition, there are more than 500 Ambassadors, who are promoting local activities and creating opportunities in their communities to challenge negative stereotypes of young people.

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Our mission 

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