Young people across the UK can now participate in Make Your Mark, UK Youth Parliament’s largest youth consultation. The campaign, which will run until the 8th March, will see volunteers and Members of Youth Parliament canvasing for the views of young people within their communities.
The ballot, which returns for the first time since 2022, gives 11-18 year old’s the chance to select the issue they think affects them and their peers most. Drawing from a long-list of ten topics, the ballot for 2024 includes issues such as crime and safety, transport and international relations.
UK Youth Parliament is working with volunteers, schools and local authorities to deliver the campaign to as many young people as possible. The voting process will also be available online via the British Youth Council website to further optimise the number of votes cast.
Emma Prach, a member of the UK Youth Parliament Steering Group for Scotland said, “With over half a million ballots printed, young people across every nation of the UK now have the chance to tell us what is most important to them.
“Young people are deeply passionate about their voices in the world we live in, and the volume of interest this campaign generates is testament to this. In an election year, decision makers should use this unique opportunity to listen and take action on behalf of young people. Listening to young people’s views shows commitment to the UNCRC Article 12, right to be heard.”
Make Your Mark has been running since 2011, and is coordinated by the British Youth Council with the support of UK Parliament and the Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport.
As in previous years, the British Youth Council will be working alongside the Centre for Youth Impact to gather insight into the results of the vote.