Year of Young People 2018

Year of Young People 2018

Young Scot were a proud partner of the Year of Young People 2018. Year of Young People 2018 was an amazing opportunity for generations to come together and celebrate our nation’s young people.

The year was entirely co-designed by young people aged 8 to 26 and was a platform for all young people. 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.

Young Scot was involved in the Year of Young People 2018 since the outset have a look below for some of the projects we supported throughout the year.

As part of the Scottish Government’s programme of themed years, 2018 was the Year of Young People.

The Year of Young People 2018 activities and events focused on six themes that have been entirely designed and identified by young people as most important for them as young Scots:

  • Participation – looking at how young people can influence public services and decisions which affect their lives
  • Education – creating a stronger role for young people in shaping their learning
  • Health and Wellbeing –supporting young people to lead healthier, active lives and have opportunities to learn about and improve their mental health and resilience
  • Equality and Discrimination – broadcasting the value of young Scots, challenging negative perceptions of young people, and supporting young people to take leading roles in challenging discrimination in all its forms.
  • Enterprise and Regeneration – celebrating young people’s role in innovation, entrepreneurship and the Scottish economy as well as making Scotland a greener and more pleasant place to live
  • Culture –celebrating young people’s talent and contribution to Scottish culture and arts.

These themes were identified by the Year of Young People Interim Planning Group. You can read more about this process and outcomes in the Interim Planning Group Report.

Have a look to see how else young people are shaping the year through co-design, content and as ambassadors for young people.

Supporting the Year of Young People 2018

Young Scot, the Scottish Youth Parliament and Children in Scotland supported projects for the whole of the Year of Young People on behalf of the core partners.


Young Scot, the Scottish Youth Parliament and Children in Scotland supported Communic18, a group of young people from across Scotland.

Communic18 were the co-design leaders for the Year of Young People and were involved in making key decisions about the celebratory year.

The Communic18 group spoke at events, took part in funding panels, supported activity in local authority areas, supervised the year’s six themes and helped to spread the word about the Year of Young People and how to support it, amongst local communities.


YoYP 2018 Certificates

Young people pictured with their Year of Young People Certificates

The First Minister, Nicola Sturgeon, recognised tens of thousands of young Scots with a special certificate to say thank you for their contribution to the Year of Young People 2018.

Standard Life Aberdeen supported the Year of Young People 2018 Participation Certificate.

All young people who received a Youth Scotland Hi5 Award, Dynamic Youth Award or Youth Achievement Award, in 2018, also received a certificate.

YoYP 2018 Ambassadors

Some of the Year of Young People Ambassadors

Based across the whole of Scotland the Year of Young People Ambassadors were selected to represent young people from all different backgrounds, interests and passions.

Ambassadors were supported by the Scottish Government and lead by Young Scot, Children in Scotland and Scottish Youth Parliament.

In the spirit of of the Year of Young People 2018, young people were the ones in charge of deciding what activity they undertook, but focused on the following areas

  • Challenge negative stereotypes of young people by working closely with other generations
  • Promote and encourage people of all ages to enjoy the wide range of events and activities taking place in their communities
  • Use platforms such as local media to make sure that their voices are heard as well as their peers.
  • Make sure everyone hears about YoYP 2018

Young Scot led projects

Young Scot is also working with a range of exciting partners to bring some really special projects to life for the Year of Young People 2018.



Throughout 2018 Young Scot showcased the diversity of thought and experience of young people in Scotland, breaking down barriers and reducing stigma against young people.

Every single day throughout the Year of Young People 2018, young people shared those stories through My Story 365, a platform to share the amazing stories of young people across Scotland.

Sandy Watson Memorial Fund

During Year of Young People 2018, Young Scot funded five amazing projects through the Sandy Watson Memorial Fund for groups of young people who have an idea to drive change or develop with a focus on mental health or the arts.

The Young Scot Sandy Watson Memorial Fund is in place to support young Scots in memory of the late Sandy Watson OBE, the former CEO of Angus Council and Chair of NHS Tayside, who committed many years of service to the Young Scot Board. Sandy’s belief and commitment to all that young people can achieve in their communities reflects the objectives of this fund, to benefit the development of young people themselves, and of their communities.

Makar Residency

Jackie Kay, Scotland’s national poet, took up residency at Young Scot to inspire Scotland’s young people through the power of poetry during the Year of Young People 2018.

While at Young Scot, Jackie lead a national programme to help the country’s young people find their voice through exploration of the theme of ‘place’. These projects include:

The Sunday Mail Young Scot Awards

Thanks to support from Event Scotland, the 2018 Sunday Mail  Young Scot Awards were bigger than ever before. For 2018 the awards evening took place in November so we can celebrate all the amazing achievements of young people throughout the year.

With the addition of more categories, and big performances, the Sunday Mail Young Scot Awards 2018 was certainly a night to remember!

Useful Content

Guide for Event Organisers 

Working with Event Scotland, Communic18 have created a handy guide to the connect with and involve young people in the design and delivery of your events.

Co-design Blueprint

Communic18 have developed the Year of Young People ‘Co-design Blueprint’. This sets out how young people hope organisations will work when creating when developing their own events and activities for the Year of Young People.

Nominate Now

We’re looking for nominations across Scotland for the Sunday Mail Young Scot Awards. Nominate now.

Find out more about YoYP 2018

To see more about all the exciting partnerships and YoYP 2018 activity, head to the Young Scot website at to explore our content!

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