Make Your Mark

Summary

Young People aged 11-18  from Slough will be taking part in the annual Make Your Mark ballot, the largest consultation of young people in the country coordinated by the UK Youth Parliament (UKYP) and locally by members of Slough Youth Parliament (SYP) and staff from the Young People’s Service.

The Make Your Mark ballot is now live and runs until 10th October 2018. Young people across the country are being asked what issues matter most to them, in order to determine what is debated by the UKYP in the House of Commons on 9th November 2018. Voting can take place both online and through ballot papers issued to schools and youth groups.

The ten topics which include knife crime, mental health, a curriculum to prepare young people for life, and funding for youth services are available to choose from on the initial Make Your Mark ballot paper, with the five most popular topics among young people going on to be discussed by in their November debate, chaired by the Speaker of the House of Commons Rt. Hon. John Bercow MP and broadcast live on BBC Parliament.

Slough has a good record at the UKYP debate and over the last 3 years, SYP Representatives have made the case for a curriculum to better prepare young people for life, an end to adult fares for young people using public transport and votes at 16.  This year, Slough will be represented at the debate by Raakhi Sharma, 16, Baylis Girls School.

2017 Results

Last year, the Make Your Mark ballot surveyed the opinions of over 950,000 young people, making it the largest youth consultation of its kind. More than 9,000 young people from across Slough voted in the ballot which was an 80 per cent turnout, top for any local authority in the UK. Every local secondary school took part in the consultation with some schools achieving over 90% turnout.

The top 5 issues locally were:

  1. Work experience hubs for 11-18 year olds,
  2. Make public transport cheaper, better and accessible for all,
  3. A Curriculum to prepare us for life- Schools should cover topics including finance, sex and relationships and politics in the curriculum,
  4. Protect school budgets from damaging cuts,
  5. Votes at 16.

Get Involved

For the first time, all of Slough’s secondary schools have registered to participate. Schools are encouraged to utilise their Slough Youth Parliament youth reps if applicable, and other groups such as their student council, prefects or other volunteers to become school Make Your Mark champions and help coordinate the ballot onsite. Youth Groups are also invited to take part and can vote online or download tally sheets below.

If the school has already ordered ballot papers, these will arrive onsite in early September,

Tally sheets, and class room resources can be downloaded here http://www.ukyouthparliament.org.uk/makeyourmark/schools-colleges-and-youth-organisations/

“We aim to make 2018 our best turnout yet. The more voices we get, the harder it will be to ignore us.”

- Alaa Fawaz, 16, Chair of SYP

Any additional support and guidance you need can be secured directly from the British Youth Council or locally from the Young People’s Service, please contact Giovanni.ferri@slough.gov.uk or alternatively call on 01753 875510 if you have any questions or to request free support.