Make Your Mark 2016
Every year the United Kingdom Youth Parliament (UKYP) holds a UK-wide ballot called ‘Make Your Mark’, where all young people, aged 11 – 18, can vote on what they feel is important in their lives and what they think Members of the Youth Parliament should campaign on for the year ahead.
The UK Youth Parliament is managed by the British Youth Council (BYC), a youth-led charity which aims to empower young people across the UK to have a say and be heard.
On 11 November 2016 Members of Youth Parliament (MYP’s) came together to debate and decide at the UKYP House of Commons sitting, the issues to campaign on for the year ahead.
The issues debated were the top 5 issues via the ‘Make your Mark’ public vote.
For 2016 the target for the North West authorities was set at 150,000 ballots with the national target set at 1,000,000 young people to be consulted
MAKE YOUR MARK TOP 10 BALLOT ISSUES
As with 2014 and 2015, 10 topics were shortlisted on to the ballots papers by the MYP’s from the UKYP manifesto.
Shortlisted topics for the Make Your Mark 2016:
1. Votes at 16. Give 16 and 17 year olds the right to vote in all elections/referendums.
2. A Curriculum to prepare us for life. Schools should cover topics like finance, sex relationship education and politics.
3. First Aid Education for All Young People. All young people should learn basic First Aid, on a regular basis, including CPR, and all schools in the UK should have a defibrillator.
4. Mental health. Services should be improved with young people’s help and mental health education should be compulsory and challenge stereotypes.
5. Transport. Make public transport cheaper, better and accessible for all.
6. Stop cuts that affect the NHS. Funding that affects the NHS shouldn’t be cut. We must keep up vital services to protect young people.
7. Body Image. More needs to be done to raise awareness on body image issues, particularly the effects of negative body image on mental health. Bullying connected to body image should be challenged, and reduced.
8. Fund our youth services, don’t cut them. Youth services provide us with vital support, development opportunities and positive activities.
9. Raising Awareness of Sexual Harassment in schools. Let’s raise awareness of sexual harassment in schools so that young people affected don’t suffer in silence and can get support from schools and teachers.
10. Tackling racism and religious discrimination, particularly against people who are Muslim or Jewish. All young people should work together to combat racism and other forms of discrimination and ensure we know the dangers of such hatred.