#YourShout: 1 Million Young People Needed For Make Your Mark Referendum

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Sub-Editor’s note: Last year, a total of 969,992 young people from every corner of the country took part in the annual Make Your Mark ballot – the UK’s largest youth referendum. It decides what should be campaigned on for the next year, and more…

Keep an eye out for Make Your Mark in a school near you.

What is the Make Your Mark ballot?

On the 11th November 2016, Members of UK Youth Parliament (UKYP) will come together to debate and decide, at UKYP’s House of Commons sitting, on the most important issue on which to campaign for the year ahead. The UK Youth Parliament is the only organisation that is allowed to sit in the House of Commons.

They will decide from the top five issues voted on by young people across the UK.

What is the UK Youth Parliament?

Run by young people for young people, The UK Youth Parliament provides opportunities for 11-18-year-olds to use their voice in creative ways to bring about social change. The UKYP is made up of 379 MYPs (Members of Youth Parliament), who are elected by their peers in youth elections throughout the UK. Any young person aged 11-18 can stand or vote. Once elected, MYPs organise events and projects, run campaigns and influence decision-makers on the issues that matter most to young people.

Who can vote in Make Your Mark?

Young people between the ages of 11-18 can take part. We are looking for as many young people to debate and vote on the issues as possible.

So, why is this important in Cardiff?

The council and its partners have an important role to play in enabling children and young people to engage with decision-making in the city and in helping them to find solutions to the issues that matter most to them.

The information collated from this work will help set the priorities of Cardiff Youth Council for the coming year. In addition, the dataset from each school will be sent back to each participating school, thus enabling the school community to develop localised work where appropriate.

Closing date is the 30th of September 2016.

For more information, please contact the team:

Lee Richards on: 07817 312251

Lee Patterson on: 07976 056135

Sophie Jones on: 07974 417734

Or email cardiffyouthcouncil@cardiff.gov.uk

Find out more about Make Your Mark on the UK Youth Parliament website (there are more ways to get involved than just by voting): http://www.ukyouthparliament.org.uk/makeyourmark/

If you want to talk to someone about the issues you’ve raised in the survey, Meic is open 8am to midnight, 365 days a year and is just one click, text (84001), or call (080 880 23456) away.

The new #YourShout section on TheSprout is a place for you, the good young folk of Cardiff, to have your say at the “top table” i.e. key consultations, far-reaching forums, advisory boards, leaders interviews, and more.


You can find more articles like this by searching TheSprout for “#YourShout”, or by clicking here! If there’s something you really want to scream and shout about, why not write an article for us?

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