2018 looks youth-full!

Now that the Year of History, Heritage and Archaeology is over we asked Chelsea Charles, the Communications Manager in charge of Scotland’s Themed Years down at VisitScotland’s Events Directorate, if she would mind writing a short blog on why Scotland’s museums should get involved in 2018’s themed year, The Year of Young People . Here are Chelsea’s thoughts…

Scotland is set to celebrate the first ever Year of Young People (YOYP) in 2018. Led by the Scottish Government, the year aims to inspire all ages through its young people aged 8 to 26 by celebrating their achievements, valuing their contributions to communities and creating new opportunities for them to shine on a local and global stage.

The Year of Young People 2018 will offer even more opportunities for locals and visitors alike to enjoy a trip to, and around Scotland. From adventure breaks to road trips, camping holidays to family-friendly days out, there is a range of fantastic things to see and do for young people and their families to enjoy. A year-long programme of events and activities will also give young people in Scotland the opportunity to show the world what they are made of. The Year of Young People presents the perfect chance for museums up and down the country to get involved, bring more young people and their families in to see fascinating exhibitions, attend exciting events and engage the visitor base of the future.

Recently announced by First Minister Nicola Sturgeon, EventScotland will be leading on a nation-wide programme of events, creating new opportunities for young people to express themselves through culture, sport and a wide range of other activities. Co-Design is at the very heart of the year and all event activities – young people have been and will continue to be involved in the development and delivery from start to finish.

Five top tips for getting involved in YOYP2018

    1. Are you ready for YOYP2018? It’s easy to get involved, we have created a handy YOYP business toolkit including promotional wording, free-to-use imagery, the logo to download as well as useful tips and tricks to help you along the way.


    1. Think about how you can involve young people much earlier in the decision-making process and listen to their voices. Are there opportunities to celebrate young people within your own organisation? Could you encourage young people to get involved with creating special exhibitions, events or activities?


    1. Have a look at the Co-Design Blueprint here to learn more or contact Communic18, a group of young leaders who will be working with partners and organisations across Scotland making sure young people are influencing decisions being made about the Year of Young People 2018.


    1. As in previous themed years, we also have our Partner Programme running throughout 2018. This is a non-funded opportunity to align your events with the year and to benefit from a listing on VisitScotland.com’s events page as well as potential inclusion in VisitScotland promotional activity.


    1. You can also join the conversation online and help us spread the word about all the fantastic things happening during 2018! Use the dedicated hashtag #YOYP2018 and tweet @YOYP2018. We’ll be sharing regular updates through our VisitScotland channels, subscribe!


Year of Young People 2018 is led by the Scottish Government, working in collaboration with a core group of delivery partners including VisitScotland, EventScotland, Young Scot, Children in Scotland, Scottish Youth Parliament, Creative Scotland and YouthLink Scotland.


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