“Make Your Mark Ballot and Youth Participation Work”

August 24, 2015

Make Your Mark was launched on the 12th August and is running till 9th October, young people across the country  are being asked what issues matter most to them, in order to determine what is debated by the UK Youth Parliament (UKYP) in the House of Commons on 13th November. The top five issues will be debated by Youth MPS who will then vote for two of them to become the national campaigns of 2016.

 

Young People aged 11-18 are being asked to vote once on the following issues

 

  • Tackling racism and religious discrimination, particularly against people who are Muslim or Jewish.

 

  • Mental health. Services should be improved with young people’s help and mental health education should be compulsory and challenge stereotypes.

    

  • Extended Special Educational Needs support. There should be more, not less, help for young people with special educational needs, including those with learning difficulties and dyslexia.

 

  • Fund our youth services, don’t cut them. Youth services provide us with vital support, development opportunities and positive activities.

    

  • A Curriculum to prepare us for life. Schools should cover topics including finance, sex and relationships and politics in the curriculum.

    

  • Living Wage. Everyone should be able to live comfortably. Everyone aged 16 or over should be paid at least the Living Wage of £7.85 per hour (£9.15 in London).

    

  • Climate Change. Government should keep its promise to work globally to reduce greenhouse gas emissions and to limit the increase in global temperature to 2 °C, and raise awareness locally.

    

  • Transport. Make public transport cheaper, better and accessible for all.

    

  • Votes at 16. Give 16 and 17 year olds the right to vote in all public elections and referendums including the upcoming EU Referendum.

    

  • The end of austerity and child poverty. Young people want to see investment in their lives and the lives of others in order to end poverty.

 

Voting is taking place online and through ballot papers in schools/Youth Groups across the country. There are a range of methods that schools can use to take part in this piece of work such as traditional voting on ballot papers, tally sheets either in registration, break times, and lunch times. UKYP have already produced a range of lesson plans that could be used in association with the Make Your Mark Ballot.

 

Should you want to find out further information please look at www.ukyouthparliament.org.uk alternatively contact Andrew Scragg on 01902 551938.

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