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Jack McConnell launches Young Scot web portal, 16th May 2002 is the new national portal for information, advice and discounts for young people and Young Scot card holders across Scotland.

At a formal launch on Thursday 16th May, Scottish First Minister Jack McConnell welcomed the development of the portal, and identified its vital role in providing young people with accurate, credible and useful information.

The portal has been designed to engage a wide range of young people interested in many different topics - whether it's local and national news, competitions and downloads, sports, arts or social and political discussion. The portal is broadminded in the best possible sense of the term - not an e-ghetto of political debate, but a celebration of different ideas and approaches to engaging young people as active participants in decisions affecting their lives, and the lives of others in their communities across Scotland.

The ITC is developing the content and analysis of the Ur'Say discussion forum channel - themed discussions on a range of nationally significant social and political issues. To begin the forums, two debates were launched today - "Quids In?" (on the Euro) and the on-going "School Dazed and Confused" (part of The National Debate on Education). The Ur'Say discussion forums are available to registered Young Scot members only.

Young Scot is closely affiliated with a number of partner organisations, not just as resource providers, but as integral participants in the delivery of high quality services to young people, including the Scottish Executive, ITC, BT, Eurodesk, Scottish Arts Council, SportScotland, and not forgetting Microsoft.

At the launch event, young people mixed with ministers, suits with sandals, and breakfast was served complete with a goodluck message from Bill Gates.

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