We are working in partnership with national youth information and citizenship organisations and other partners to ensure young people are given the opportunity to participate in and influence local and national activities and decisions.
Organisations like Young Scot and the Scottish Youth Parliament are supporting young people's contribution to, and engagement with, civic Scotland in many different ways.
The Scottish Youth Parliament
The Scottish Youth Parliament is the democratically elected voice of Scotland's young people. It is led and informed by young people and its role is to ensure that young people are heard by the decision makers of Scotland and to campaign on issues that matter most to Scotland's youth. It's manifesto, Change the Picture, is informed by over 42,000 young people from across Scotland and highlights 50 priority statements which include priorities in relation to equalities, rights and participation.
Young Scot is the national youth information and citizenship agency for Scotland. Working in partnership with young people aged 11 to 26, Young Scot gives them access to information and opportunities, helping them become confident, informed and active citizens.
Scotland's Youth Smart Card
Scotland's Youth Smart Card - the Young Scot National Entitlement Card - gives young people access to over 1,400 discounts at shops and services across Scotland and a further 100,000 in Europe. The Youth Smart Card carries the PASS hologram which provides young people with a trusted and credible way of proving their age.
It also gives young people access to other benefits including cashless catering, leisure and library services and e-voting.
An exciting, recent development to the card is Young Scot Rewards - where young people can earn points and collect rewards for taking part in positive activities offered by a wide range of organisations.