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We are currently developing our 2021-26 Manifesto From Scotland’s Young People.

As the democratically elected voice of Scotland’s young people, the issues we focus and take action on come directly from the concerns raised by 12-25 years olds across the country. Our manifesto will be the product of a nationwide, youth-led consultation.

By sharing their views in this consultation, young people will directly shape SYP’s work over the next five years as well as help us inform Scotland’s political parties on what changes Scotland’s youth would like to see in the next Scottish Parliamentary term. 

In this survey, we ask young people for their opinions on a range of statements, covering topics such climate change, when the school day should start and how the Scottish Government should protect your futures in the aftermath of COVID-19. These have been selected by SYP’s Conveners Group after consultation with a wide range of young people and youth organisations.

Young people chose the name “From Scotland’s Young People” name as the results will act a letter from Scotland’s youth to decision makers.  

Our manifesto gives us the strong mandate we have to represent young people – make sure your voice is included!

The survey is open to all young people aged 12-25 who live in Scotland. Completing this survey will earn you 150 Young Scot Rewards points.

Call for Stories

In order to make our manifesto calls for change even stronger, we are looking for young looking for young people to share their unique stories about the topics covered in our consultation. These stories will be used to bring our manifesto calls to life and will give you the chance to use your story to demonstrate to decision makers why these changes may (or may not) need to take place.

Whilst we are delighted to accept stories on any of the topics covered in the manifesto, we are particularly interested in hearing from you if you have experience of the following areas:

  • Received support for Additional Support Needs in your school/college/university  
  • Accessed mental health services at college or university 
  • Experienced LGBTQ+ bullying in school
  • Gained, or in the process of, legal recognition for your lived gender through a gender recognition certificate  
  • Experienced barriers to voting in Scottish elections as a refugee, asylum-seeker, or immigrant  
  • Experienced limited access to the internet/devices to access the internet which has impacted online learning or working from home 
  • Found it challenging to find a job, or have lost your job, during the pandemic.

Please get in touch with a brief summary of your story by emailing manifesto@syp.org.uk, and a staff member will get back in touch to discuss how best to platform your story. Then, we will support you to produce a blog or short video to share your story, which will be published either anonymously or with your name. Alternatively, we’d be happy to set up a telephone interview to enable you to share your story in that way.

Those who choose to share their story will be rewarded with a £25 Amazon Voucher. The deadline for expressing your interest to share your story is Friday 16th October 9am, with the aim of producing your stories by 13th November. 

Virtual engagement session

In this engagement session, we highlight and discuss some of the more challenging manifesto topics, ensuring that young people are confident in their understanding of the survey questions.

Partners’ Pack

How can adults support From Scotland’s Young People? To ensure we allow as many young people as possible to have their voices heard, we need the help of MSYPs, young people and, in particular, adults to help our survey across the country.

Therefore, we are inviting partners to commit to the following actions:

Download these template posts to use on Twitter and Facebook. PDF
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  • Share these assets on Instagram, Facebook and Twitter with a link to the survey.
  • Circulate this information with your networks and in your newsletters.
  • Contact SYP if you are interested in exploring alternative methods of reaching out to your community of young people. We are keen to ensure we make this process accessible to all of Scotland’s young people and would be delighted to discuss different ways of doing this with yourselves. In particular, we’re keen to ensure that seldom heard groups and those facing digital exclusion have the opportunity to have their voices heard. Contact us on manifesto@syp.org.uk to discuss this further.

SYP would not be able to operate without the support of our fantastic allies and, with traditional methods of engaging with young people being somewhat limited in the current crisis, your support in promoting this consultation online is more vital than ever!

Any questions about the manifesto? Get in touch.