Involving young people

The Year of Young People is the perfect opportunity to get young people actively involved in helping to keep Scotland beautiful.

Here are some ideas about how you can involve young people.


Do you know someone who could be a Young Reporter?

Encourage young people in your local community to take part in our environmental journalism competition Young Reporters Scotland. This is a fantastic way for young people to have their voices heard on important environmental issues. There is lots more information about how to take part on our Young Reporters Scotland webpages.

Young people can report on any of the ideas listed below, as well as any other environmental issue they care about.

Nominate a Clean Up Scotland Hero or organise a Clean Up

Do you know a young person who works hard to improve the environment of their neighbourhood by organising or taking part in litter picks and Clean Ups? If so, you could nominate them to be one of our monthly Clean Up Scotland Hero’s. You can find out more about our Hero’s on our website, including how to nominate someone.

Or, why not organise a Clean Up and involve young people? There’s lots of info about how to run a Clean Up on our website and you could make a real difference to your local neighbourhood.

Involve young people in your Beautiful Scotland or It's Your Neighbourhood group work

Are you part of your local Beautiful Scotland of It’s Your Neighbourhood group? The Year of Young People is the theme for both campaigns this year. Why not approach your local school and see if there are any young people who you could involve in your work? Or how about your local Scout or Guides group? A guidance sheet is available with lots of ideas about how to involve young people here.

Are you part of a Climate Challenge Fund group?

If so, why not involve some local young people in your work? Invite them along to explain what your Climate Challenge Fund group is doing. Or, arrange to visit a school or group to talk about the work that you do and why climate change is important.

Organise a One Planet Picnic

A One Planet Picnic is a picnic that is good for you and good for the environment. When the weather improves, why not organise a One Planet Picnic for young people in your community. This could provide a fun way of getting to know the good foods, people and places local to you and an informal way to think about more sustainable food choices. There’s lots of information about One Planet Picnic here.

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