Marking youth achievement
John Muir Award recipients help showcase new youth engagement report at Scottish Parliament event
Young people from New Stevenson Senior Youth Group, North Lanarkshire, helped launch Central Scotland Green Network Trust's (CSGNT) John Muir Way Youth Engagement Report at the Scottish Parliament earlier this week.
The CSGNT Year of Young People event was hosted by MSP Alex Neil and supported by Mairi Gougeon, the Minister for Rural Affairs and the Natural Environment.
The MSPs joined CSGNT Chair Keith Geddes in acknowledging the achievements of the young people, and helped present their John Muir Award certificates.
Kai and Emma (both 14 years-old), members of the New Stevenston Senior Youth Group said: “We loved walking the John Muir Way [a popular coast-to coast route through central Scotland run by CSGNT].
"We saw loads of wildlife – fish, squirrels, deer in the forest, ducks and swans. Walking the John Muir Way made us feel calm, it was quiet. It was time away from home and school – it was less stressful.”
Alex Neil, MSP for Airdrie and Shotts agreed, saying: “Greenspace projects such as the John Muir Way offer multiple benefits for communities. They are accessible and inclusive; they’re good for people’s health and a source of great pride.
“As part of Year of Young People we are delighted to acknowledge the experiences and achievements of young people who engage with nature on their doorstep. By getting involved with the John Muir Way, these Youth Group members have benefited themselves and their communities.
“It is clear that young people aren’t just the future, they’re contributing right here and right now!”
Photo at the top courtesy of Central Scotland Green Network Trust.