Young peo­ple’s year

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In 2018, Scot­land came to­gether to cel­e­brate its younger gen­er­a­tion.

Year of Young Peo­ple ( YoYP) in­spired the whole coun­try to look at eight to 26 year olds in a more open, pos­i­tive way: cel­e­brat­ing their achieve­ments, valu­ing their con­tri­bu­tions and giv­ing them an op­por­tu­nity to in­flu­ence de­ci­sion mak­ing.

In a year dom­i­nated by po­lit­i­cal un­cer­tainty, young peo­ple were the pos­i­tive force in mak­ing change hap­pen.

More than 2000 young peo­ple were at the heart of it, and planned a cal­en­dar of sport­ing, mu­sic and cul­tural events for all ages to en­joy.

A world-first ini­tia­tive, Year of Young Peo­ple was a com­mit­ment made by the Scot­tish Gov­ern­ment. Young Peo­ple worked along­side de­ci­sion mak­ers to make sure they were in­volved in the cre­ation of gov­ern­ment pol­icy.

This year, they es­tab­lished a Youth Com­mis­sion which ex­am­ines men­tal health ser­vices.

They will have a greater say in their ed­u­ca­tion with the cre­ation of a Scot­tish Learner Panel, and hold those in power to ac­count with the launch of the First Min­is­ter’s Ques­tion Time for chil­dr­wen and young peo­ple.

YoYP was de­liv­ered in part­ner­ship with lo­cal and na­tional or­gan­i­sa­tions in­clud­ing, schools, youth work ser­vices, Even­tS­cot­land part of VisitS­cot­land’s event direc­torate, Young Scot, Scot­tish Youth Par­lia­ment, Chil­dren in Scot­land and YouthLink Scot­land.

More than 350 young am­bas­sadors vol­un­teered their time to chal­lenge the neg­a­tive stereo­types of their peers.

Find out how young peo­ple in your area sup­ported Year of Young Peo­ple 2018, check out yoyp2018.scot or search #YOYP2018 on so­cial me­dia.

More than 2000 young peo­ple were at the heart of it

Young Am­bas­sadors 2018 was the Year of Young Peo­ple

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