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The Year of Young People 2018 is based around six key themes co-designed by young people: Participation, Education, Health & Wellbeing, Equality & Discrimination, Enterprise & Regeneration and Culture. As a major event for the Year of Young People, The Sunday Mail & Steven Brown Art Young Scot Awards 2018 recognises the incredible achievements and stories of young people through our award categories with the YoYP 2018 themes in mind.

Participation

Young Hero

Sponsored by Co-op Food

The Young Hero award is for an extraordinary young person or group who deserves special recognition for their bravery. Do you know a young person who has shown amazing courage, battled the odds or showed incredible perseverance to save the day? You should nominate them as Young Scot’s Young Hero for Year of Young People 2018!

Community

Sponsored by the Scottish Government

In Year of Young People 2018, The Community Award celebrates the work accomplished by a young person or group that improves the lives of other people within a community. This could be with a local community or a community of people living in different parts of Scotland. Your nominee may have demonstrated good citizenship or leadership by influencing decision-making at local or national level, participated in community action, or who has made a huge difference through volunteering or leadership.

Volunteering

Young volunteers across Scotland selflessly donate their time and energy free of charge to help other people. These young people make a huge difference driving positive change through volunteering including altering negative perceptions of young people and creating opportunities for others. If you know a young person who deserves recognition for their selfless contribution, then enter them today for the Sunday Mail Young Scot Award Volunteering Award for Year of Young People 2018.

Unsung Hero

Sponsored by Solace Scotland

Do you know a young Scot or group who goes the extra mile but never asks for any recognition or reward? Do you owe someone thanks for their help and support? Someone who has overcome difficult personal circumstances or risen to a challenge? We are calling on you to nominate a Year of Young People 2018’s unsung young Scot who deserves this award.

Year of Young People 2018 Champion of the Year

Sponsored by Steven Brown Art

The Year of Young People 2018 is going to be amazing. Across Scotland young people, in a group or on their own, will be championing the ideas and ambitions for the year. We’d like you to nominate a young person or a group of young people who have been working tirelessly to promote the Year of Young People 2018 and who truly embody the spirit of the year through their actions.

Education

Excellence in Education

Sponsored by University of St Andrews

The Excellence in Education award is for a young person or group of young people who have overcome adversity or disadvantage to excel in their school, college or university. They may have overcome ill health; dealt with being in care; coped with being a carer or will have shown exceptional dedication and enthusiasm despite their challenges. Recognise their excellence during Year of Young People 2018 with a nomination today.

Enhancing Education

Sponsored by Skills Development Scotland

The Enhancing Education award is for a young person or group who have truly influenced education in their community either by providing access and opportunities for others, or by influencing change in education for their communities. Whatever they do, this award will go to a young person or group who determined to make a positive difference in enhancing education for others. Nominate them now for the Enhancing Education award for Year of Young People 2018.

Health and Wellbeing

Sporting

Sponsored by sportscotland

Across Scotland, young people through their efforts and determination, are achieving extraordinary things in grassroots sport. This can either be through playing or helping to increase access and opportunities for sport and active living. We want to hear about teams, individuals, coaches, volunteers and indeed anyone else who is inspiring others or set to be the next star of Scottish sporting star beyond Year of Young People 2018.

Health and Wellbeing

Sponsored by Active Scotland Division

Young people across Scotland are involved in supporting and inspiring others to improve their physical and mental health. They might be providing support in their communities, looking to change policy or services, working in healthcare or involved with healthcare charities. It’s important that their contributions are recognised; if you know a young person or a group of young people hard at work to improve people’s health, nominate them for the Health and Wellbeing Award for Year of Young People 2018.

Equality and Discrimination

Equality and Diversity

Sponsored by Standard Life Aberdeen

The Equality and Diversity Award recognises a young person or group of young people working tirelessly to promote equality, diversity and inclusion or challenge prejudice and discrimination. Their efforts will have helped encourage respect, tolerance and understanding across all ages, races, faiths, genders, cultures, communities and identity. Celebrate their achievements and enter them for the Sunday Mail Young Scot Awards Equality and Diversity award as part of Year of Young People 2018.

Culture

The Arts

Sponsored by Creative Scotland

This is your opportunity to celebrate a young person’s or a group of young people’s contribution to arts and culture in Scotland for Year of Young People 2018. Are they inspiring and helping others to express themselves through arts or making a difference to their local community by sharing their time or creations in a creative way? If so, we want to hear about them, so please nominate them for the Sunday Mail Young Scot Awards Arts category.

Entertainment

Sponsored by Scottish Citylink

There are so many ways to entertain – this award is not just for the famous but for the stars in our midst who entertain us every day. They are the young stars of today or the fresh talent ready to explode onto their scenes. They could be a vlogger, an actor, presenter, a musician, a band, a comedian, an expert in shadow puppetry. Scotland certainly has talent and we want to hear about the young people or groups of young people who entertain you for Year of Young People 2018.

Enterprise and Regeneration

Environment

Sponsored by QMS
Do you know a young person or a group of young people who give their time and effort to help protect the world for future generations beyond Year of Young People 2018? This could be related to recycling, global sustainability, ecology or perhaps something else entirely. Whatever they do, this award will go to a young person or group who is passionate about green and environmental issues and determined to make a positive difference.

Enterprise

Sponsored by HSBC
Do you know a young person or business run by young people who have demonstrated entrepreneurial flair? Have they harnessed their passion to help economic growth and sustainability in their local community or started their enterprise from their bedroom? If you know a young entrepreneur or collective behind a great business in Year of Young People 2018, then nominate them today.

Overall

Young Scot of the Year (Final award from category winners)

Sponsored by Steven Brown Art

No need to nominate. All the fantastic young people shortlisted in the categories above will be entered automatically into the Young Scot of the Year category, and one will be selected as the Young Scot of the Year for Year of Young People 2018.

Know someone you’d like to nominate?