Humza Yousaf MSP with Project Trust Selection Course Candidates
Scotland’s first ever Year of Young People is happening in 2018. The Year will inspire all ages through young people (8-26). It will celebrate their achievements, value their contributions to communities, and create opportunities for them to shine on a local and global stage.
An in-depth planning process took place in 2015 and since then, young people have been at the heart of designing, developing and deciding what shape the Year should take. The Scottish Government is working with a group of delivery partners – VisitScotland and EventScotland are developing a national programme of celebratory events which all ages can enjoy. Creative Scotland will inspire young people to participate in the arts. And youth partners –Young Scot, Children in Scotland, Scottish Youth Parliament, YouthLink Scotland – are leading on youth engagement and ensuring young people’s views are heard and acted upon.
Project Trust Selection Course, Isle of Coll
So far, over 200 YoYP 2018 Ambassadors have been recruited and represent every local authority in Scotland. Their role is to promote the year-long activity, challenge negative stereotypes and champion the six key themes which young people decided upon – Participation, Education, Equality and Discrimination, Enterprise and Regeneration and Culture. The celebration began on 1 January 2018.
At Project Trust we aim to empower young people to be confident, effective, creative, independent and resilient through challenging volunteering experiences overseas. We recognise the importance of young people feeling empowered to act as responsible Global Citizens. We celebrate their achievements and we recognise their challenges.
In a world where there can often be such a lack of understanding for one another, it is becoming even more important for the youth of today to learn, share and understand more about the society that they live in. This includes locally, nationally and globally. One of the objectives of Year of Young People is to provide young people with opportunities to express themselves in a variety of ways. Through providing these opportunities we can ensure that this generation of young people has the confidence to challenge what is wrong and act upon what they believe in
Our generation has a gift. We have an opportunity to make the world a better place. With that said, we need to learn from others. Through Year of Young People, we want to promote shared understanding. We want to encourage young people to engage with those around them, both culturally and generationally. Through listening to and learning from others we have the opportunity to do this. We should learn from what other people are doing and build upon the positive impacts they are making.
Year of Young People is an opportunity to celebrate young people, there is no doubt about that. It is also, however, a platform for young people to engage with those around them, learn from them, and use this learning to act in a way that future generations will celebrate.