Meet the finalists: Youth Participation – sponsored by Scottish Government

The finalists for this Award are helping young people get involved, through youth forums and pupil councils at local and national level, and to sit on charity boards and local partnerships. 

It’s Scotland’s youth workers that are empowering this generation of young people to take the lead, empowering them to effect change in their communities.

This award is kindly sponsored by the fab team at Scottish Government:

“Congratulations to all finalists in the Youth Participation category! The Scottish Government is committed to ensuring that children and young people are at the heart of decisions which affect them. Tonight’s finalists have all excelled in engaging with young people and making sure that their voices are heard by decision makers.” 

And the finalists are:

Y sort it Management Board, West Dunbartonshire

From building their own outdoor learning centre to managing 17 staff, this group of young people definitely know how to sort it.

The project’s Management Board are young people who have benefited from the youth service and want to give something special back. Y sort it supports over 500 young people to participate and get involved in local projects annually and if it wasn’t for the commitment of the board this wouldn’t be possible. They own and run their own youth centre, have a mobile bus service as well as employing staff. Last year they completed the build of their own cabin at Carbeth, to provide outdoor learning opportunities and much needed respite to young carers.

Board members demonstrate the difference youth participation can make to long lasting positive change ensuring Y sort it is FOR young people.

North East Edinburgh Youth Ambassadors, Citadel Youth Centre

It’s all in the power of grassroots action. These ambassadors are an amazing example of young people-led participation and engagement. The group, who didn’t know each other, are from completely different backgrounds, came together with one mission: to give young people a better name in their local area.

The creation of the North East Youth Awards is a fantastic celebration of what young people contribute, with categories like LGBT Ally and Helping the Elderly, the ambassadors showcased so many young people and the positive change they make to their community. The group have also been a force of influence with local politicians through their Young People’s Consultation, resulting in a more ‘teen friendly’ park in Leith and a promise to consult with more young people going forward. Their work is helping to create closer ties between young people and their communities.

Renfrewshire Youth Voice

In Paisley, young people are agents of change for their community. Renfrewshire Youth Voice (RYV) have been working on various projects to inform, educate and engage with other young people in Renfrewshire.

Making the change happen is what they’re all about. During a recent youth assembly over 400 young people said they wanted a place to hang with their friends, a place to learn and try new things. And that’s exactly what RYV are trying to achieve with an ambitious plan to open their own local youth hub, giving voice to the town’s youth generation.  

“It’s important to raise awareness and recognise the value of our collective action on matters that are important to young people, and how we can bring positive change together.” Jade Lochhead, Chairperson of RYV.

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If you've not booked your ticket for the National Youth Work Awards and want to join these awesome finalists as well as many others, head over to our National Youth Work Awards pagewhere you can book your ticket and meet all of the other fabulous finalists.

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