Young people make their mark
Scottish Government Viewpoint
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, YoYP 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 children 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 YoYP 2018 – check out www.yoyp2018.scot or search #YOYP2018 on social media.
Launching YoYP at the start of the year, First Minister Nicola Sturgeon said: "It will give young people a new platform and new opportunities and hopefully help to foster a better understanding, co-operation and respect between generations."