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Year of Young People 2018

As part of their themed-years programme, the Scottish Government has decided to make 2018 the ‘Year of Young People’.

6 March 2017

Communic18 the Year of Young People

Young Scot, the Scottish Youth Parliament and Children in Scotland are in the process of recruiting young people across Scotland to be part of a group who will be making key decisions about Scotland’s Year of Young People (YoYP) 2018.

The group, called Communic18, will be co-design champions for the whole of the Year of Young People and be involved in making key decisions about the celebratory year.

The Year of Young People 2018 aims to celebrate Scotland’s young people, creating new opportunities for them to shine locally, nationally and globally. It will feature a programme of high-profile events and projects taking place across the country.

The Communic18 role will include taking part in funding panels, supporting activity in local authority areas, supervising the year’s six themes and helping to spread the word about the Year of Young People and how to support it, amongst local communities.
The role will last until March 2019, and was open to applicants aged 8-26. They didn't need to have any formal qualifications or experience and full training will be provided by Young Scot.

Applications closed on the 3rd March 2017.

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8 September 2016

Themes for 2018 Year of Young People announced

In July 2015, the Scottish Government commissioned Children in Scotland, the Scottish Youth Parliament and Young Scot to work with young people to co-design recommendations for the 2018 Year of Young People.

The partnership recruited and supported an Interim Planning Group of 18 young people aged 8 to 22 to work with their peers and stakeholders and report their recommendations.

In their final report, published on 8 September 2016, the Interim Planning Group set out four themes for the Year of Young People 2018:

  • Participation – looking at how young people can influence public services and decisions which affect their lives
  • Education – creating a stronger role for young people in shaping their learning
  • Health and Wellbeing –supporting young people to lead healthier, active lives and have opportunities to learn about and improve their mental health and resilience
  • Equality and Discrimination – broadcasting the value of young Scots, challenging negative perceptions of young people, and supporting young people to take leading roles in challenging discrimination in all its forms.

Download the Interim Planning Group Recommendations report

Read the press release announcing the themes for the Year of Young People

Read a blog on the topic by
Terri Smith MSYP, Chair of the Scottish Youth Parliament

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Further work and the next stage of the project will be announced soon.

Background and context

The journey to 2018 and beyond is important in achieving Ministers' wider ambition to allow all children and young people to enjoy their rights and be fully involved in matters that affect them at personal, local and national level.

The Year of Young People follows on from themed years such as:

  • The Year of Creative Scotland in 2012;
  • The Year of Natural Scotland in 2013;
  • The Year of Homecoming in 2014; and
  • The Year of Food and Drink in 2015.

The Year of Young People will celebrate the very best of Scotland and its young people.