Year of Young People launched in explosion of colour

Howard Park was a particularly colourful place this week as over 100 young people were showered with vibrantly shaded powder as part of a colour run to celebrate the East Ayrshire launch of the Year of Young People.

A global first, the Year of Young People 2018 will provide a platform to showcase the personalities, talents and achievements of Scotland’s young people. It will give 8 to 26 year-olds new opportunities to influence decision making on issues affecting their lives and be involved in cultural and sporting opportunities across the country.

As well as the colour run which involved young people running 2018 metres around Howard Park, there was face painting, music and performances from Grange Dance Group.

Young people have been involved in designing an events programme for the year which includes school holiday activities, the first annual hearing of the East Ayrshire Children and Young People’s Cabinet; Play Day; sporting events, youth conferences and a sitting of the Scottish Youth Parliament in Kilmarnock. The year’s events will end with a special showcase awards evening which will shine a light on the incredible achievements of our young people.

Depute Provost Claire Leitch, who is also Children’s Champion, opened the event with young people’s representative Cameron Raeside. She said: “What a fantastic way to get the Year of Young People started and what a great turnout there was.

“It was local young people who came up with the idea for the colour run and everyone had a great time. Many thanks go to Vibrant Communities for helping to put it all together.

“Year of Young People 2018 is an opportunity for all generations to come together to recognise and celebrate the amazing achievements and contributions that all our young people make to society. I am sure that the many events and activities that have been planned for the year will be just as successful as the launch event and that we really will see East Ayrshire’s young people shine in 2018.”

You can find out more about the events programme by visiting the events page on East Ayrshire Council’s website or search for #EAYOYP2018 on social media.

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