Fairer Future – Youth Vision for Scotland

Race equality in Scotland is to be examined by a group of young people in a new national project.

Called Fairer Future, the project will involve up to 15 young people from ethnic minority groups in Scotland forming a new investigation team. Together they will set out a youth led vision of race equality in Scotland by 2030.

The work of the Fairer Future Investigation Team is being facilitated by Young Scot – Scotland’s youth information and citizenship charity. The project has been commissioned by the Scottish Government as part of the ambitions around Scotland’s Race Equality Framework, and will be supported by the Coalition for Racial Equality and Rights (CRER) and BEMIS.

Young Scot are looking for people to join the Fairer Future Investigation Team. Young people between the ages of 14-21 should visit young.scot/get-involved to apply.

Through Young Scot’s Co-design process, the Fairer Future Investigation Team will look at race and what it means for young people in Scotland today. Using their insights, research, ideas and solutions, the young people will present their recommendations and a vision for race equality in Scotland by 2030 to the Scottish Government in late summer, 2017.

During their investigation, amongst other topics, the young people will examine the six core themes of Scotland’s Race Equality Framework and how it relates to young people:

  • Community cohesion and safety
  • Participation and representation
  • Education and lifelong learning
  • Employability, employment and income
  • Health and income
  • The overarching vision for a fairer Scotland by 2030

Equalities Secretary Angela Constance said:

“We want to achieve a fairer Scotland by ensuring those from minority ethnic communities realise their potential and have equal opportunities – involving all communities in seeking ways forward to achieve this is vital.

“I’m delighted Young Scot will be taking forward this engagement and will set out a youth-led vision, which will be used to inform our work on race equality going forward.”

Louise Macdonald, Chief Executive of Young Scot, said,

“Young people we speak to across Scotland care deeply about equality and fairness for all. They want to see a more equal society where race, sexual preference, gender or any other do not matter at all. By working directly with young people, Fairer Future will ensure their wisdom, insight, expertise and compassion helps to shape Scotland its journey to a fairer society.”

For more information or to express an interest in having young people you work with involved in the project please email: codesign@young.scot