Young Citizen Advocates residential course

As most of you will be aware, 2018 is the Year of Young People! In preparation for this, last year the IDEAS network hosted three events for secondary pupils which aimed to inspire and encourage young people to take a leading role in issues of interest to them, locally and globally.

The focus of these events was the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), a global plan to reduce poverty & inequality and tackle climate change by 2030. At these IDEAS’ events, many young people took up the challenge and made their own pledges to take action for positive change in their schools.

What now? A fantastic opportunity to take this learning to the next level!

IDEAS is holding a FREE Young Citizen Advocates residential event so young people can come together in a relaxed atmosphere to share their thoughts and skills, and to plan their role in a joint event with SCVO at the Scottish Parliament in September. 

Within the context of the Sustainable Development Goals, the aims of the event are to:

• Inspire young people to take an active role in shaping the world around them
• Support young people with the skills to build a campaign collaboratively around an issue of their choice
• Start planning a campaign to take to the Scottish Parliament in September

The event will consist of inspiring, thought-provoking speakers and participative workshops on using the arts to promote issues of global citizenship, how to spot ‘fake news’, and the role of politicians in helping to bring about social change. Young people will have the opportunity to help shape the programme prior to the event.

This is a great opportunity for young people to enjoy time and space in a non-school setting, gaining life skills in communicating and working co-operatively on issues which matter to them.

When and where

The residential will be held on Tues 29th – Thurs 31st May at the Conforti Institute, Coatbridge.

More information

Schools wishing to participate should arrange for six pupils (three male, three female) from S4-6 and one teacher to attend for the three days and two nights. Days 1 and 3 will start and finish at lunchtime to allow for travel. All accommodation and meals are fully funded, but schools will need to provide their own transport.

It is desirable but not essential for young people to have attended a previous Young Citizen Advocates event, or done some Global Citizenship work in conjunction with their local Development Education Centre. Due to the accommodation available, places at this residential event are very limited. Preference will be given to those schools which commit to participating in the SCVO event at the Scottish Parliament in September.

Young people participating can be awarded up to 2000 Young Scot points for attending the residential event and the follow-up event at the Scottish Parliament.

If your school would like to participate, in the first instance, please send a paragraph explaining why your school should be chosen to: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.