Gearing up for the Year of Young People

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Terri Smith

08 September 2016


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. 

Find the full report here


Terri Smith MSYP, Chair of the Scottish Youth Parliament was part of the Year of Young People Interim Planning Group, and blogs about her experience:

I’m happy that I live in a country that values its young people, and is planning on celebrating us in 2018 – the Year of Young People. I feel even more fortunate that I was given the opportunity to be part of the Interim Planning Group (IPG) for the year, along with other inspiring and diverse young people from all over the country. I firmly believe that young people are one of Scotland’s biggest assets, and I know first-hand how capable we are. We provide a unique insight into life in our country and articulate ourselves exceptionally well, sometimes even better than those three or four times our age. As the IPG hosted events and consulted with young people all over Scotland, it became clear other young people feel the same way. They want 2018 to be a celebration of the accomplishments of young people, our talents, and the qualities that we possess.

My time on the IPG was one the most enjoyable experiences I’ve ever had the pleasure of being a part of. I made new friendships, developed skills and confidence, and together we successfully planned, delivered and reported on our journey. We’re now sharing our recommendations on what the aims, objectives and visions for the Year of Young People should be. For me, the most important aspect of the Year of Young People is that not only will 2018 be all about young people, but the planning and the process leading up to the year is being led by young people, and for young people.

The Year of Young People will allow us to celebrate Scotland’s young people, and showcase to the rest of the world how integral and respected we are within our society. So all that is left to be said is, 2018 let's be having you!