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Themes for 2018 Year of Young People

Created by Young People, the themes for Scotland’s 2018 Year of Young People have been released today (Thursday 8th September 2018).

As part of the Scottish Government’s programme of themed years, 2018 will be the Year of Young People, celebrating the very best of Scotland and its young people.

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 today, 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.

Following on from Discussion Group event with both young people and stakeholders, the 2018 Year of Young People Advisory Board agreed two further themes should be included to highlight additional areas important to young scots.

  • Enterprise and Regeneration – celebrating young people’s role in innovation, entrepreneurship and the Scottish economy as well as making Scotland a greener and more pleasant place to live
  • Culture –celebrating young people’s talent and contribution to Scottish culture and arts.

Scottish Government Ministers have signed off the recommendations and the six themes will now be used to structure the planning and implementation of the Year of Young People 2018.

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