Make Your Mark Campaign

Make Your Mark, run by British Youth Council and led by young people, is the largest ballot of youth views in the UK. Secondary schools are being asked to take part in this year's campaign and surpass the number of young people getting involved.

It allows young people aged 11 to 18 to vote for the issues they would like to be debated at the House of Commons' sitting of the UK Youth Parliament in November.

Last year, thanks to the support of schools, local authorities and youth organisations, over 975,000 young people voted in Make Your Mark.

The result of the Make your Mark ballot are published online (http://bit.ly/2tBJw8b) every year. They show the number of votes and issues voted for in each Local Authority, meaning that Local Authorities are able to see what matters most to young people in their area. This makes Make your Mark a very valuable addition to Local Authorities’ existing youth voice mechanisms.

The target for this year’s campaign is for 1 million young people to take part. 

Schools and colleges are asked to register to enter by Sunday 23 July and take part in the consultation  which runs from 12 August to 6 October 2017.  You can register online at:  www.ukyouthparliament.org.uk/makeyourmark

To support school/college participation, the UK Youth Parliament has produced:

  • Resources and lesson plans (directly linking to the Citizenship/PSHE curricula, as well as contributing to the promotion of British values).
  • 500,000 printed ballots, which are being offered, for free, for use in assemblies, lessons or Tutor groups
  • Alternative and accessible methods of voting (eg. Tally Sheets, Widget version and a BSL video).

We understand that the school/college with the highest percentage turnout will win 5 tickets to the viewing gallery of the event on 10 November, to see the debate in action. Subsidised travel and a tour of Parliament, will also be offered by the organisers, the British Youth Council. This is a great opportunity for School Councils, Peer Mentors and Prefects to take part in gathering the views of pupils.

If you have any questions please do not hesitate to contact Brendan McGowan, Youth Voice Manager brendan.mcgowan@byc.org.uk or m.07852 190 880.

 

 


Information

Published: 10/07/2017
Audience: All secondary schools and settings with pupils aged 11 - 18
Contact: British Youth Council

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