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Year of Young People 2018

Information on the Scottish Government's Year of Young People 2018.


2018 has been designated as the Year of Young People by the Scottish Government. It is an opportunity for generations to come together and celebrate our nation’s young people.

It is a platform for our young people (8 to 26). It will give them a stronger voice on issues which affect their lives, showcase their ideas and talents, and ultimately, aim to challenge status quo and create a more positive perception of them in society.


Year of Young People 2018 aims 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.


  • 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 activities


Activity for the Year is based around six key themes, which were developed by young people:

  • Culture
  • Education
  • Enterprise and regeneration
  • Equality and discrimination
  • Health and wellbeing
  • Participation


The Year of Young People is a Scottish Government initiative, with partners including:


Learn more

Further information on the year and the activity happening can be found on the Year of Young People website.

Resources, advice and logos for those wanting to get involved can be found on

For those using social media, the year has its own hashtag - #YOYP2018