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Leaders for Year of Young People 2018

A group of young leaders for the Year of Young People 2018 has been announced.

The group, called Communic18, will be working with partners and organisations across Scotland making sure young people are influencing decisions being made about the Year of Young People 2018.

Communic18 is made up of a group of 35 young people aged 8-24 from across Scotland. They are:

  • Brian Iroegbu, 17, Stirling
  • Rachael Mccully, 21, South Lanarkshire
  • Lauren Asher, 18, Dumfries and Galloway
  • Alyssa Faulkner, 18, Tayside
  • Steven Mann, 23, Glasgow
  • Siusaidh-niamh Johnston, 13, Perthshire
  • Zoe Thomson, 17, Midlothian
  • Lucy Leech, 15, Orkney
  • Megan McIntyre, 18, Falkirk
  • Mohammed Abdi, 18, Glasgow
  • Dylan Conti, 22, Dunbartonshire
  • Benjamin Mason, 8, East Renfrewshire
  • Rachel McKechnie, 19, Renfrewshire
  • Josh Traynor, 14, Glasgow
  • Robert McCall MSYP, 16, Perth and Kinross
  • Aksa Ali, 17, Lanarkshire
  • Emma Ruse, 18, Edinburgh
  • Shannon Donoghue MSYP, 17, Lothian
  • Alba McGowan, 11, Lothian
  • Razannah Hussain, 14, Highland
  • Martha Tait, 8, Strathclyde
  • Emmie Main, 19, Moray
  • Ian Ross, 19, Edinburgh
  • Jamie Macmillan, 15, Inverclyde
  • Mollie McGoran, 14, East Renfrewshire
  • Fatemeh Nokhbatolfoghahai, 20, Lanarkshire
  • Bryony Dillon, 21, North Lanarkshire
  • Calvin Quigley, 17, North Lanarkshire
  • Calum Brown, 17, North Lanarkshire
  • Allan Cater, 20, North Lanarkshire
  • Callum Holt, 21, North Lanarkshire
  • Aaron Fernandez, 21, Glasgow
  • Violet Mara, 13, Glasgow
  • Joanne Palmer, 20, Glasgow

Communic18 member and Member of the Scottish Youth Parliament (MSYP), Shannon Donoghue, 17, Lothian said, “Being a part of communic18 gives me the chance to create a bigger and better future for Scotland’s young people whilst making history! Scotland is leading the way in recognising the value of young people and I’m proud to be a part of this.”

Emmie Main, 19, from Moray said, “Being part of Communic18 provides us all with the opportunity to come together to showcase Scotland’s young people. It allows me to play a part in making 2018 Year of Young People the most memorable themed year yet!”

Children in Scotland, the Scottish Youth Parliament and Young Scot will be assisting Communic18. The group will be involved in taking part in funding panels, decision making, delivering projects, and being leaders of the Year of Year People 2018 six themes.

Minister for Childcare and Early Years Mark McDonald said: “I would like to thank all the young members of Communic18 for their important contribution to Year of Young People 2018. Young people have been involved every step of the way in planning for next year, and the Communic18 group will play a vital role in ensuring their views are continued to be heard and acted upon. Involving young people can be hugely beneficial to any organisation. I would encourage those planning for next year to get in touch and find out how Communic18 can help.”

Louise Macdonald, Chief Executive of Young Scot, said on behalf of the partnership, “The Year of Young People 2018 is an amazing opportunity to demonstrate the importance of co-designing services and involving young people in decision making. From the very start, planning for Year of Young People 2018 has been built on co-design and Communic18 will be continuing this great work right through to the end of next year.”

Get involved with the Year of Young People 2018 at young.scot/YOYP2018 or join in the conversation as the excitement builds towards 1/1/18 using #YOYP2018.