Youth Engagement and Outreach

Reaching and interacting with young people in places ‘where they are’ is an important part of our work. On average we meet over 30,000 young people every year and can be frequently found setting up stall and engaging with young people at festivals, career events, youth groups, train stations and school assemblies.

We run a number of youth engagement projects. Benefits for young people include:

    • Have their say/shape issues that matter to them
    • Develop transferable skills and experiences for future learning and work
    • Develop their interpersonal and social skills
    • Youth Accreditation and relevant training


Young People’s Sport Panel

Run in partnership with sportscotland, the Young People’s Sport Panel is a group of 14-25-year-olds who play a role in influencing and shaping the future of sport in Scotland.  As a voice for young people the panel focus on raising the benefits of sport to their peers, and work with us to co-create a range of content which is shared across and social media platforms.  Follow #sportpanel on Twitter for the latest news from the panel.

Jodi from Edinburgh shares her experiences of being part of the Sport Panel.


Time to Shine Young People’s Advisory Panel

Young people from communities across the country have been appointed to guide the delivery of Scotland’s National Youth Arts Strategy, Time to Shine. The National Youth Arts Advisory Group, in partnership with Creative Scotland, will play a crucial role in shaping the future of arts for young people in Scotland. The group of young people aged 14-20 will play a role to develop new ways for young people in their communities to access and engage in arts and creativity. Follow #TimeToShine on Twitter for project updates.



Network Rail Ambassadors

The Network Rail Ambassadors are a group of young people who have been participating in a range of initiatives aimed at informing their peers of the dangers of misusing the railway.  The  programme, run in partnership with Network Rail, has seen the ambassadors raise awareness of rail safety in local communities across Scotland.

Got a spare five minutes? Watch the video below to find out more about what it’s like to be Rail Ambassador.


Junior Climate Challenge Fund

In partnership with Keep Scotland Beautiful, we run the Junior Climate Challenge Fund Young Grants Panel, which gives young people the opportunity to decide how £1 million is spent on local green projects. This innovative youth-led approach gives young people the opportunity to directly design and influence how local low-carbon projects can shape and contribute to a cleaner, greener Scotland for future generations.