Year of Young People 2018

2018 is Scotland’s Year of Young People. The aim of the year is to inspire Scotland through its young people, celebrating their achievements, valuing their contribution to communities and creating new opportunities for them to shine locally, nationally and globally. But it’s not only for young people. It’s a chance for people of all ages to join in with the celebrations.


The year is based around six themes that young Scots have identified as important to them:

  • 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.


Much of our work at Keep Scotland Beautiful is with, or involves, young people and there are many ways for us to support their ambitions and celebrate their achievements.

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