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Young people grill First Minister in new #FMQTNextGen

One hundred young people had the opportunity to quiz the First Minister Nicola Sturgeon in a special Question Time with STV’s current affairs programme, Scotland Tonight.

The first ever First Minister’s Question Time, held in Glasgow on Wednesday 12 September, was launched as a new platform for 8 to 26 year olds voices to engage with decision makers, as part of the Scottish Government’s Year of Young People.

Young people across Scotland questioned the First Minister on access for young people to mental health services, a second referendum on Brexit, and improving support for care-experienced young people.

Watch the programme

It was broadcast on STV’s flagship current affairs programme, Scotland Tonight, on Thursday 13 September, and schools and youth organisations throughout the country will be able to watch the full programme and debate on the STV Player on Friday 14 September.

The project, funded by Scottish Government as part of YOYP 2018, builds on the current participation work of national charity Children in Scotland and the national agency for youth work, YouthLink Scotland.

FMQT Next Generation has been designed and delivered in partnership with a design team of 19 children and young people. They have been involved in decision-making at all stages of the project, from the venue to project visuals through to selecting the questions that will be put to the First Minister.

First Minister, Nicola Sturgeon, said:

“Year of Young People 2018 is a firm commitment we made to strengthen young people’s voices and create new opportunities for them to directly engage with decision makers.

“The decisions taken by government and other policy makers will have a profound impact on the lives of today’s young people and those in the future. That’s why it is vital that their voices are heard and their views listened to. The FMQT event has demonstrated how we can empower them to have their say on the issues that matter, and how as a government we can learn from them.”

 

Check out the conversations online by searching #FMQTNextGeneration and #YOYP2018 on Twitter