Young People Taking the Lead – Scotland 2015

Young People Taking the Lead – Scotland 2015

The ‘Young People Taking the Lead’ youth exchange was made up of 27 young people aged 15-18 from three different countries, Belgian, Finland and the UK. Nine participants from each country, along with six support workers spent six months planning the exchange, meeting finally in August 2015 in Glasgow.

 

This was a follow up youth exchange, following on from the ‘Volunteering Xchange’ which took place in August 2014 in Belgium and which used volunteering as a medium to explore inter-cultural learning. While the first exchange looked at why young people volunteer and the skills needed to be a good volunteer, the YPTLT youth exchange aimed at developing young people’s leadership skills and initiative, so that they could implement their own activities, as well as exploring how young people learn.

 

In a nutshell the exchange was made up of training, peer-facilitated sessions, volunteering, a showcase event for the community, inter-cultural activities and a trip to the Edinburgh Fringe Festival. In terms of training, young people took part in an accredited Positive Coaching training programme delivered by Glasgow Life, as well as Creative training delivered by PEEK where they made their own tartan tablecloths, as well as costumes and decorations for the Community Ceilidh. Young people also delivered sessions to their peers around the themes of leadership styles and theory, play theory, traditional dancing, and techniques of delivering games and activities with children and young people. In terms of other activities, young people also supported National Play Day, they took part in a tour of the city Chambers guided by Counsellor George Redmond, they organised and led a community Ceilidh for local residents and the Scottish group even cooked a three course meal for their international guests. The week culminated with a trip to Edinburgh where young people visited the Edinburgh Dungeons and the International Fringe festival, as well as a day trip to Balloch, where young people delivered their final sessions. The week was a great success and young people hope to plan a follow-up youth exchange in Finland next year.