As part of the Scottish Government’s programme of themed years, 2018 has been identified as the Year of Young People, aiming 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.
This is an exciting opportunity for Dumfries and Galloway to co-produce an innovative and dynamic calendar of projects, activities and events to celebrate and showcase young people and youth work across our region.
The responsibility leading the development of this plan rests with the local authority, however, the plan is a regional plan and not just a Council plan. Each directorate within our Council and a number of third sector organisations are involved and significant consultation and engagement with wider stakeholders took place to develop the plan.
what is year of young people – in a nutshell?
Year of Young People 2018 is an opportunity to celebrate the amazing young personalities, talents, and achievers that make up Scotland. It’s all about inspiring our nation through its young people’s ideas, attitudes and ambitions.
This year long programme of events, activities and ideas will give young people in Scotland the opportunity to show the world what they’re made of. Year of Young People 2018 is something everyone can support (young or young-at-heart) and be immensely proud of.
An in-depth engagement process was undertaken by young people in 2015 and 2016 across Scotland, including Dumfries and Galloway.
Based on what was heard through this engagement process, young people made recommendations for what the aim, objectives and priority themes should be for the Year of Young People 2018. All activity delivered through Year of Young People 2018 will be developed with a clear focus on meeting these aims and objectives.
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.
- Provide a platform for young people to have their views heard and acted upon
- Showcase the amazing talents of young people through events and media
- Develop better understanding, co-operation and respect between generations
- Recognise the impact of teachers, youth workers and other supporting adults on young people’s lives
- Provide opportunities for young people to express themselves through culture, sport and other activities