Trust backs Scotland’s Year of Young People 2018

Scotland's outdoors - it's braw*

Year of young people detail

As Scotland celebrates the talents and achievements of young people through a dedicated themed year, the John Muir Trust will be listening to their ideas, attitudes and ambitions, and exploring new ways of bringing a new generation closer to wild nature.

The Trust oversees the popular John Muir Award scheme, which has introduced hundreds of thousands of young people - as well as adults and families - to the Great Outdoors, encouraging the younger generation to get hands-on experience of nature and conservation.

The Trust is developing a plan of action for 2018, including:

  • Creating job opportunities for young people on its properties
  • Hosting workshops with young people to get a deeper understanding of the relationship between young people and wild places – and how that can be strengthened
  • Co-designing with young people ways to share a more constructive message of their outdoor experiences, and inspire others across Scotland to get more involved.
  • Working with writers to explore connections between nature and literacy, building on The Lost Words publication and promotion, and the success of the Fort William Mountain Film annual primary school poetry competition.
  • Working with partner organisations such as Cairngorms National Park, Loch Lomond & The Trossachs National Park, Scottish Natural Heritage, Young Scot, Awards Network, East Ayrshire Council, YouthLink, #iwill and TCV to help put nature at the heart of youth work approaches.
  • Meeting members of the Scottish Youth Parliament and young MPs and MSPs to look at ways to raise the understanding among young people of Scotland’s natural environment.

Zeki Basan, recipient of the Young Scot of the Year Environment Award 2017 (and pictured below), backs the Trust’s involvement with Year of Young People: “It’s great to hear the John Muir Trust’s plans to engage with young people. The natural environment for me is my education, somewhere I can be myself and achieve. It’s important to reach out to young people. We need to encourage understanding about nature, how it is good for people, and how this is good for the planet.”

YoYP - Zeki wild along the way

“’Children and young people being disconnected with nature’ seems to have become a common - and worrying – mantra” added Toby Clark, John Muir Award Scotland Manager. “Such blanket statements can hide the positive benefits that many young people feel through their relationship with the outdoors.

“This Year of Young People provides an occasion for all generations to come together and celebrate Scotland’s young people, and the John Muir Trust sees this as an opportunity to strengthen the connection between young people and nature.”

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Find out more about Year of Young People 2018

If you are a young person, youth organisation, or someone who engages with young people and are interested in helping the John Muir Trust understand and celebrate people’s connections with nature and the outdoors then please contact Naomi Arnold   / 0141 420 5021.

*ADJECTIVE SCOTTISH - fine, good, or pleasing: "it was a braw day". (Braw was the most popular #ScotWord chosen by young people in response to “What makes you most proud to live in Scotland?” as revealed at Edinburgh's Hogmany 2018.)