2018 - Year of Young People

Date: 17th September 2013

First Minister Alex Salmond has announced a new programme of Focus Years to celebrate the best of Scotland and its people.

The announcement will enhance the programme launched as a legacy after the Year of Homecoming 2009, which spanned food and drink, active, creative, natural and ancestral themes. Focus Years aim to support and drive Scotland's tourism and events industries to both domestic and international markets.

The new Focus Years programme includes:

  • 2015 - Year of Scotland's Food and Drink
  • 2016 - Year of Innovation, Architecture and Design
  • 2017 - Year of History, Heritage and Archaeology
  • 2018 - Year of Young People

The Year of Young People in 2018 will see an exciting programme of educational and cultural events centred on another of Scotland's great assets, our young people.

Opportunities will also be identified to build youth elements into the programmes of Focus Year activity in 2015, 2016 and 2017.

YouthLink Scotland, the National Agency for Youth Work, warmly welcomes the government's commitment in making 2018 the Year of Young People. They look forward to ensuring that the year gives maximum opportunities for young people to achieve their potential, showcase their talents and experience new and exciting activities that will transform their lives, alongside their members in local government and the voluntary sector and agencies.

YouthLink hope events will truly make young people feel valued, nurtured and respected and that their contribution will be acknowledged in a very public way and make them feel part of the commonwealth of Scottish society.

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