Birmingham Make your Mark Campaign
Make Your Mark gives a unique opportunity for young people aged 11-18 the chance to decide what Members of Youth Parliament within the House of Commons. The ballot decides what Members of the UK Youth Parliament should debate and vote on to be their campaign for in 2019.
The ten topics on the ballot paper were decided by members of UK Youth Parliament at the Annual conference back in July 2018. On Friday 9th November 2018, 300 Members of Youth Parliament aged 11-18 took part in a debate in the House of Commons chamber, chaired by the Speaker of the House Of Commons RT Hon John Bercow MP. They debated five issues chosen by the Make Your Mark ballot of 11-18 year olds across the UK, and then voted to decide which two issues should become the UK Youth Parliament’s priority campaigns for 2019.
This year in Birmingham, Ark Boulton Academy students and a network of schools, colleges youth groups got involved with the votes and debates.
UK Wide Results 2018
Make your Mark is the world’s largest youth consultation and this year 1,106,788 young people voted from over 1,350 schools, colleges and youth organisations supporting the campaign.
A total of 12,713 votes were cast with ‘put an end to knife crime’ being the number one issue and concern for the young people of Birmingham, followed by mental health concerns and tackling homelessness.
Well done to all students who took part and used their vote to get their voice heard.