Celebrating the Impact of Youth Participation during #iwillWeek

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To celebrate young people's contributions to social action, we are delighted to launch our National Youth Participation Impact Report, during #iwillWeek

The report assesses the impact of LGBT Youth Scotland’s national ‘youth participation’ programmes and identifies key achievements from April 2015 – March 2016.

We analysed three key national programmes: The LGBT National Youth Council, ‘Voices Unheard’; a peer-led project focused on domestic abuse, and young people's engagement with the Scottish Youth Parliament. This reflects a sample of the youth participation and youth-led initiatives delivered by LGBT Youth Scotland.

Highlights from our national youth participation work include: 

  • Young people contributing to campaigns including: Youth Work Changes Lives and Equal Recognition, as well as developing their own Mental Health campaign. 

  • working closely with their peers to educate and consult on key topics such as domestic abuse and sexualisation of LGBT young people.

  • engaging with professionals and organisations to better meet the needs of LGBT young people through delivery of service reviews and by facilitating workshops at conferences and events.

Importantly, the report clearly shows the impact that youth participation activities and social action can have on young people's lives. Young people reported that they had increased confidence, increased learning and skills, were able to develop new friendships, and had the ability to express their voice.

Through this visible impact on young people's lives, this work contributes to the achievement of Scotland’s ‘National Youth Work Outcomes’.

Read the full report here