Dec 5, 2017 at 12:00am ET By Joanna Hughes

The Scottish government is taking innovative measures to inspire the people of Scotland with the declaration of 2018 as the Year of Young People (YoYP). Here’s a closer look at what’s ahead, along with how you can get involved.

Celebrating the Next Generation


According to the YoYP website, “The Year of Young People 2018 aims 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.”

Specifically, YoYP will highlight six themes of particular interest for the country’s young people, including: participation; education; health and wellbeing; equality and discrimination; enterprise and regeneration; and culture.

In the works for more than two years, YoYP made young people a vital part of the planning effort through the co-design blueprint for organizations aimed at generating buy-in and participation.

Getting Involved with YoYP

YoYP 2018 Ambassadors throughout the country will be involved in engaging young people and organizations in their local communities with the program. While recruitment for these positions are now closed, you can get in touch with an ambassador in your area by emailing or by calling the free Young Scot InfoLine at 0808 801 0338.

There are many other ways to participate in YoYP as well. Be sure to follow YoYP2018 on Twitter to learn more about opportunities are they arise.

Meanwhile, if you live in Scotland and haven’t yet gotten your free Young Scot National Entitlement Card, what are you waiting for? This program comes with a number of benefits, including 1,500 discounts on everything from travel to food to fashion. Set to debut in the near future? The new Young Scot app, which will make it easier than ever for Scotland’s young people to take advantage of the program.

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Joanna worked in higher education administration for many years at a leading research institution before becoming a full-time freelance writer. She lives in the beautiful White Mountains region of New Hampshire with her family.

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