2018 will be the Year of Young People. The aim of the Year is 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.
What has happened to date?
To start the journey towards 2018, the Scottish Government commissioned Children in Scotland, the Scottish Youth Parliament and Young Scot to engage with young people to co-design what shape the Year should take. The partnership recruited and supported an Interim Planning Group (IPG) of 18 young people, aged 8 to 22, to lead a process of engagement with their peers and stakeholders across Scotland. This process would enable them to make informed recommendations for a vision for the 2018 Year of Young People.
With the support of the partners, the IPG held three regional Discussion Days and one National Event. Scottish Government officials and Ministers were involved in all events, listening to young people from across the whole of Scotland hearing what their hopes and aspirations are for the Year.
The events explored participants’ views, experiences, insights and ideas and showcased the findings, encouraging participants to further drill down into the aims and objectives to be set for the Year. Engagement events were also complemented by engagement of young people and stakeholders through online engagement.
Based on what was heard throughout the engagement process, the IPG created a Recommendations Report which includes the aim, objectives, outcomes and priority themes for the Year. The Report was published in September 2016 can be found here
Planning for the year continues as we move in 2017. We will keep you informed of progress and tell you how you can be involved through a new website which will be launched in spring 2017.