Year of Young People 2018

About Year of Young People 2018

As part of the Scottish Government’s programme of themed years, 2018 has been identified as the Year of the Young People, aiming to inspire Scotland through its young people, celebrating their achievement, valuing their contribution to communities and creating new opportunities for them to shine locally, nationally & globally.

Young people's voices have been at the heart of the Year, since planning started in 2015. After leading an in-depth consultation with hundreds of their peers, they made recommendations on what the top priorities and goals should be. 

To take forward these ideas, a group of 35 young people, Communic18, was created. Their role is to influence how the Year will be run, while ensuring young people’s voices are heard and acted upon. In addition, there are more than 500 Ambassadors, who are promoting local activities and creating opportunities in their communities to challenge negative stereotypes of young people.  Click here to find out more about our local Ambassadors.


  • Provide a platform for young people to have their views heard and acted upon
  • Showcase the amazing talents of young people through events and media
  • Develop better understanding, co-operation and respect between generations
  • Recognise the impact of teachers, youth workers and other supporting adults on young people’s lives
  • Provide opportunities for young people to express themselves through culture, sport and other activitie

Activity for the Year is based around six key themes, which were developed by young people and will guide everything we do.  Click on the theme and you will be taken to a page which lists further informaiton and a calendar of local events:

Culture:  Share and celebrate young people’s talent and contribution to Scottish culture and arts.

Education:  Allow young people to have more say in their education and learning.

Enterprise and Regenration:  Celebrate young people’s role in innovation, entrepreneurship and the Scottish economy as well as making Scotland a greener and more pleasant place to live.

Equality and Discrimination:  Recognise the positive impact of young people in Scotland and encourage them to take the lead in challenging all forms of prejudice and discrimination.

Health and Wellbeing:  Make sure young people have the chance to lead healthy, active lives and understand the importance of mental health and resilience.

Participation:  Give young people the chance to influence decisions that affect their lives.

The Scottish Borders Plan for the Scottish Borders will be published in May 2018.  Come back then to download a copy.

Visit the Year of the Young People website to find out more about the year and what is going on nationally.