Young people from Levenmouth Academy Summer Youth Project and The Bike Project in Kirkcaldy have gathered at the Scottish Parliament to launch the ‘My travels’ postcard campaign, run by YouthLink Scotland.
MSPs were asked to walk 500 miles in five minutes through an interactive postcard map of Scotland, as youngsters explained what CashBack money has done for them.
One youngster, Craig from Templehall in Kirkcaldy who was involved in The Bike Project said: “My favourite thing about the project has been learning how to go a bike and I have also discovered new bike routes that I didn’t know even existed.”
Young people who took part in the Levenmouth Academy Summer Programme thought their experience was really worthwhile.
The campaign is being organised by YouthLink Scotland, the national agency for youth work, to demonstrate the life changing impact of the CashBack for Communities Youth Work Fund.
Michael Matheson MSP, justice secretary, said: “Through CashBack we are supporting Scotland’s most disadvantaged young people to reach their full potential in life, helping them to learn new skills, boost their confidence and become responsible people.
“I was delighted to meet some of the young people from Levenmouth Academy and The Bike Project in Kirkcaldy who have benefited from the unique approach of CashBack.
“Through the CashBack programme we have committed £92 million to support nearly two million opportunities and it is great to hear about the impact that money is having on young people’s lives.”
Jim Sweeney, chief executive of YouthLink Scotland, said: “This money is nothing short of a lifeline for some of our hardest to reach young people.”