The Scottish Wildlife Trust’s Young Leaders are an inspiring team of 12 young members and volunteers aged 20-30, based all over the country.

Established during Scotland’s Year of Young People in 2018, the group has gone from strength to strength. The Young Leaders aim to ensure young peoples’ voices are heard, and to help the Trust to engage with young people across its work.

Some of the projects our Young Leaders have worked on include:

  • Developing and launching our Wildlife Champions Facebook group
  • Designing our Conservation Awards, which are currently in their trial phase
  • Organising events for volunteers
  • Developing a Youth Manifesto to send a message to leaders at COP26

In addition, the Young Leaders have access to optional opportunities across the different teams of the Trust, to help them improve their skills and experience. Attending these opportunities also helps them to represent the Trust and continue to ensure young voices are represented and heard.

The Young Leaders have attended parliamentary receptions, helped with school visits and other events, written content for blogs, and much more.

Young Leaders have a role in our decision making, including attending our Conservation Committee. We are also delighted that two of the team were elected to our Council of Trustees in 2020. This will help the Trust to ensure that young peoples’ views are represented at all levels.

For more information about this programme, please email the Trust’s People and Wildlife Officer Holly Owens,

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