Young Edinburgh Action (YEA) is a collaborative youth project supported by the City of Edinburgh Council (CEC) and shaped by young people. YEA gives young people opportunity, space and access to resources; with this we create and shape action research projects on topics that are most important to the young people of Edinburgh.
We are a group of young people who come together and use our ideas and create research projects and present them to the relevant decision-makers to create change. We collect views directly from young people and fit them into existing policies and issues we want to change in order to understand how we can make a difference. In this way YEA is different from a youth council style programme that many communities have. Everyone is welcome and it is unelected; we are a group of young people who care about making a difference.
This briefing paper was a collaborative partnership between a group of young people from YEA and an MSc Childhood Studies student from the University of Edinburgh. Read the full briefing to learn more about YEA’s projects, the changes YEA has influenced in Edinburgh and the Lothians and how to get involved.