First Minister Recognises YoYP Achievements

The First Minister, Nicola Sturgeon, will recognise tens of thousands of young Scots with a special certificate to say thank you for their contribution to the Year of Young People 2018.

Date 17 April 2018
Young people receiving their certificates

All young people, aged 8-26, who have volunteered or helped to deliver any of the hundreds of events, projects and activities linked to Year of Young People 2018 will be able to apply for a special one-off Year of Young People 2018 Participation Certificate. Young people will also be able to apply if they have contributed to the overall aims of the Year of Young People.

Standard Life Aberdeen are supporting the Year of Young People 2018 Participation Certificate, covering the printing, delivering and administration. Young Scot and Youth Scotland are helping the Scottish Government to manage the applications on behalf of the First Minister.

All young people receiving a Youth Scotland Hi5 Award, Dynamic Youth Award or Youth Achievement Award, in 2018, will automatically receive a certificate. Youth workers and others can also apply on behalf of a group of young people who will each receive a certificate.

Around 20,000 certificates are expected to be delivered to young people across Scotland.

For more information on how to get a certificate visit

First Minister Nicola Sturgeon said:

“I have been so inspired hearing about the thousands of young people who have already been involved in the Year of Young People, from planning and delivering events, to working in their local communities.

“I am delighted to be able to formally recognise their efforts with these certificates. Each and every young person should be proud of the contribution they are making.”

Sandy Macdonald, Head of Sustainability at Standard Life Aberdeen said:

“We’ve worked hard at Standard Life Aberdeen to become the sort of place young people want to work and we’re lucky to benefit from all they bring to our organisation. We’re very pleased to support the Year of Young People and champion the brilliant efforts of young Scots in communities across the country. We hope the certificate will give them a lasting reminder of the value we place on their positive impact and if they’re volunteering for the first time, serve as encouragement to carry on in the future.”

Ian McLaughlan, Chief Executive of Youth Scotland said, “At Youth Scotland we are passionate advocates of recognising young people’s achievements through youth awards. In this amazing Year of Young People, we have already celebrated our own 50,000 recipient of a youth award and very much look forward to recognising even more with the Year of Young People 2018 Participation Certificate.”

Louise Macdonald, Chief Executive of Young Scot said, “For lots of young people, the Year of Young People will be their first time getting involved in their community and volunteering in Scotland. Thanks to the support of Standard Life Aberdeen, it’s wonderful that the each and everyone one of them will be recognised by the First Minister.”


Notes to Editors

Example of possible activities

  • Completed a workshop/training course
  • Facilitated peer education
  • Supported their peers to complete/promote a survey
  • Supported and promoted local participatory budgeting exercises for young people
  • Helped organise/facilitate an event for the community as part YoYP 2018
  • Worked with people to complete a challenge/milestone –either personally or at a community level
  • Challenged stereotypes of young people or discrimination in some way
  • Championed a healthy active lifestyle
  • Excelled at something (doesn’t need to be ‘academic’ at all!)
  • Been a credit to young Scots everywhere in the world and the universe
  • Played a key role in one of the YoYP 2018 funded events or a partner event in Scotland.

About Youth Scotland

We are Scotland’s network for community based youth work. We provide quality youth work programmes, information, resources, training and support to local youth workers and groups.

We deliver a range of projects and services which support a network of over 1,100 youth groups running in diverse communities the length and breadth of Scotland. These groups work with over 64,000 young people up to 25 years of age. Young people are supported by more than 7,500 passionate and committed youth workers, of whom nearly 5,000 are volunteers. To find out more about our work and our awards please visit

About the Year of Young People 2018

  • The Scottish Government’s themed year for 2018 is the Year of Young People, following the Year of Year of History, Heritage and Archaeology 2017.
  • A global first, YoYP 2018 is a platform for young people aged eight to 26 years old to have their voices heard on social issues and their talents celebrated.
  • A year-long programme of events and festivals are taking place across the whole of the country for all ages to enjoy, led by EventScotland part of VisitScotland’s Events Directorate. More information at
  • Local authorities, schools, youth groups and organisations are running their own YoYP 2018 activity. Search #YOYP2018 on Twitter for the latest news.
  • Young people co-designed the Year. A group of young leaders, Communic18, lead on all key decision making. More than 500 Ambassadors based across every local authority are championing activity.
  • The Year is delivered in partnership between the Scottish Government, EventScotland, Young Scot, Scottish Youth Parliament, Children in Scotland, YouthLink Scotland and Creative Scotland.
  • Scottish Government activity focuses on six themes chosen by young people: culture, education, participation, health and wellbeing, equality and discrimination, and enterprise and regeneration.
  • More information can be found at, searching @YOYP2018 #YOYP2018 on Twitter or by emailing

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