Focussed on empowering and protecting the future of rural youth, the Rural Youth Network is an initiative focused on understanding and supporting the rural youth.

What started as a large scale survey has evolved to include a three-day festival – the Rural Youth Ideas Festival – which in 2018 brought together 80+ young people to share their experience of living in rural areas in Scotland.

Featuring a line-up of inspiring speakers and leadership, business and communication skills workshops, against a backdrop of glamping, live music and local food, the festival aligns with the network’s core aims of empowering young people to share their story, making them feel heard and giving them the resources to thrive.

What we love about it: 

A platform that empowers young people to speak for themselves.

Hear from Jane Craigie from Rural Youth Scotland on our podcast.

For more information, check out their website.

Wonderful to have you with us Jack - we were all so inspired by your story & hope you recieve the support you need 2 build a brilliant future growing in Thanet. We need 2 do more to create pathways to ensure young, passionate individuals like Jack can see a future in rural areas. https://t.co/6oMC95jSEU
A brilliant afternoon hacking ideas for how to encourage more young people in to fresh food and horticulture careers in Kent and Medway #ruralyouth #ideascreation #youthempowerment https://t.co/6zPbB1vK5e
Learning in new places and spaces, creating inspiration and ideas for the future of the horticulture and fresh produce sector. A special market garden tour learning all about their production and rotation. https://t.co/uNuMgl7dY5
Hearing from Laura Brady of the @wonkyparsnip about her inspirational journey in to developing her own market garden - she is passionate about cutting food miles & championing local food production. Her dream is 4 every city to have their own city farm & value growing local food. https://t.co/QZhEsaTBTw
Day 2 of the Kent & Medway Rural Youth Hack is a go! The brilliant @richardhbudd talks about his personal journey from botany, to a wine broker in London, and now horticulture and farming.

Big thanks to @Kent_cc for funding this weekend 🍏🍓🥕 https://t.co/ZWiKORc6FE
Amazing to have the lovely Laura from @WILDBOX3 here with us at @BorePlace for the Kent and Medway Rural Youth Ideas Hack, serving us up delicious cocktails all using ingredients from local suppliers! https://t.co/sQliWYtWSV