Listen and Learn Youth Summit

Closed 23 Feb 2013

Opened 16 Jan 2013

Feedback updated 2 May 2013

We asked

The topic young people chose to explore was employment, which has been a key issue for young people at Listen and Learn sessions, East Lothian Youth Council and for the Scottish Youth Parliament. It has also been identified as a key issue for our Corporate Parenting agenda.

You said

1.Young people should be more engaged with the Council’s Economic Development Strategy and EL Works initiative 2.Greater links should be made between young people and VDEL 3.A dedicated job opportunity/work experience/volunteering opportunity web site should be investigated/developed 4.An open wifi access policy for schools should be investigated 5.A communication strategy devoted to communicating with young people, including effective use of texting and social media should be investigated at a council level, to be implemented in the council and in schools. This should be developed in conjunction with young people. This work would be timely, given the impending enactment of the Children and Young People Bill in 2014 6.The impact of transport costs/availability for young people wishing to access employment, further and higher education and training should be addressed 7.Councillors should have a greater presence in school, for example, holding surgeries, attending assemblies and making themselves available/contactable 8.We make greater use of East Coast FM in future events You can find out more about young people’s views by following this link to the Listen and Learn Youth Summit video -

We did

These matters are now being taken forward with various council departments and with partner organisations. Progress will be reported in the Listen more, assume less magazine

Results updated 2 May 2013

Listen and Learn Youth Summit 2013



An afternoon event for young people where they can get  feedback on issues raised at previous Listen and Learn sessions and take part in two World Cafe sessions, during which young people will look at themes they have identifed for this session, including transport, image of young people, employment, inclusion and what they want from their local communities.  It will be an opportunity to meet elected members and managers.

The Youth Friendly Awards will also be presented at the Youth Summit.

Why your views matter

Listen and Learn sessions have been organised with secondary schools students for the past three years to identify the issues that concern them most and hear how they think they can be resolved.


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