Youth Engagement and Participation Programme

Find out how you can support young people’s decision-making plus other ways to get involved.
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What we do

We work with young people and organisations to support their involvement in decisions and youth participation.

We support 16 MSYPs aged 14-25 to represent their communities throughout Glasgow. Each Scottish parliament area (constituency) has two young people who work with young people in their local area to find out what their views are, take them to the national youth parliament and campaign on issues that the parliament has agreed. Previous successes include providing free travel for under-22s, stopping the installation of anti-loitering devices and changing the law to make it illegal to physically assault a child. The work of the Scottish Youth Parliament is written into a Manifesto – From Scotland’s Young People.

One of the ways that young people can get involved in decisions that affect their lives in Glasgow is through our Glasgow Youth Council programme. The programme is for young people aged 12-25 and gives participants the opportunity to get involved, campaign and get qualifications in participation, leadership and consultation.

The team support young people to work with local organisations, departments of Glasgow City Council and other interested parties to give their views and campaign on issues that are important to them.

The West Scotland Partnership is a group of eight local authorities that work together to enhance and improve education. The eight local authorities are: East Dunbartonshire, East Renfrewshire, Glasgow City, Inverclyde, North Lanarkshire, Renfrewshire, South Lanarkshire and West Dunbartonshire. It’s one of the 6 regional collaboratives that that been set up across Scotland.

Young people get involved in the network through the West Youth Ambassadors programme. They decide on the issues that they’re going to work on, and this sometimes leads to co-creating resources, organising training events for teachers and school leaders or taking part in investigations into how we can make positive change. Five West Youth Ambassadors aged 14-18 represent Glasgow City in leading on this work.

We support organisations to involve young people in decisions that affect them by providing support, advice and training for young people and youth workers.

We are committed to supporting organisations to meet their legal obligations under Article 12 of the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child, which was recently approved by the Scottish Parliament to be incorporated into Scots Law. Please get in touch with us to see how we can support your organisation to improve this work.

Glasgow Life lead on the coordination of the CLD plan for the city. We support youth networks to deliver on this on a city-wide and local basis. These networks are made up of youth work providers and those organisations working with young people and aim to improve the reach, quality and impact of youth work provision in the city. For more information about this type of work, please get in touch with us by e-mailing

Register for one of our programmes

If you’re a young person interested in taking part in our Glasgow Youth Council programme, getting a qualification in participation or representing your community in another way then register with us.

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I've got so much out of getting involved. I've had a chance to represent my community and get involved in things that really help other young people. I have had great support from the youth workers to boost my confidence.

Opportunities for Young People

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If you'd like to find out more about our programmes, or are looking for something that isn’t on this page, please get in touch by e-mailing