providing young people with opportunities


Service design

Our Co-design service involves young people creating, designing and delivering solutions in collaboration with organisations.

Co-design is about much more than just understanding their issues, it’s about giving young people the power to create real change to policy, practice and services. Co-design goes beyond consultation, it engages young people as equals, with shared power and resources.

By engaging in a Co-design project, you are tapping into young people’s insight, enthusiasm and honesty to find out what they really want and how to make it happen It can help you to develop informed insights, ideas, recommendations and solutions for policy and practice.

The Young Scot Co-design Service ties into key policy areas including:

  • United Nations Conventions on the Rights of the Child

  • Public Service Reform/Christie Commission

  • Community Empowerment Act

  • Getting It Right for Every Child

  • Scottish Government Education Service Review – Rights and Participation Strategies

  • National Youth Work Strategy

Over the past six years we've tackled a wide range of topics and worked with hundreds of partners. Want to find out more?



At Young Scot, we share the ambition of schools and teachers across Scotland to support young people to thrive, achieve and ensure they are given opportunities to be the best they can be.

Young Scot and the Young Scot National Entitlement Card can help school pupils, teachers and school administrators so together we can boost attainment and support young people.

Young Scot's work with schools and Local Authorities supports the following areas:

  • Curriculum for excellence

  • Getting it Right for Every Child

  • Youth Work

  • Local Education Priorities.

For more information on our Schools Strategy please contact Hilary Kidd, Strategic Partnerships Manager

Young Scot Awards

The Young Scot Awards is Scotland's biggest national celebration of young people. Over the past 14 years we’ve received nominations from communities across Scotland, shining a light on the amazing things young people in Scotland are doing every single day.

Thanks to our partnership with the Sunday Mail and the support of the many sponsors, nominators, nominees and the media, the Young Scot Awards shows the truth about Scotland's Youth.

The event is an unforgettable experience as young people take centre stage and get the recognition they truly deserve.

If you would like more information about becoming an Awards category sponsor, or would like more information on the Awards, please contact

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 International Work

Young Scot is passionate about international opportunities for young people.

We aim to maximise opportunities for young people to live, learn and word abroad, as well as influencing change on a global scale through our partnerships with the European Youth Card Association, the European Youth Information and Counselling Agency, the British Council and others.


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European Youth Card Association (EYCA)

Young Scot is the Scottish member of the European Youth Card Association (EYCA).  The European Youth Card gives young people opportunities to travel across Europe, learn new things, make a real change in their communities and become well-informed and active citizens.  Young people can access thousands of discounts on travel, culture, accommodation, education, services and products in 36 countries across Europe. Plus, in every country there are programmes and opportunities for volunteering, learning, employment and entrepreneurship

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 The European Youth Information and Counselling Agency (ERYICA)

Young Scot is a member of the European Youth Information and Counselling Agency (ERYICA). ERYICA is a network of youth information organisations across Europea. It works to intensify European and international cooperation in the field of youth information work and services, developing, supporting and promoting quality generalist youth information policy and practice at all levels in order to meet the information needs of young people and to apply the principles of the European Youth Information Charter.



Eurodesk UK is an information and support service to help young people and youth organisations find out about opportunities in Europe.

Young Scot is one of a network of Eurdesk partners supporting the delivery and promotion of Eurodesk services.