Make Your Mark 2017

Make Your Mark 2017

Let’s ensure thousands of young people have their say!

Make Your Mark gives a unique opportunity to reach out to young people who go on to be opinion formers and leaders of the future.
This year, through school, online and through our grassroots we’ll be reaching out to young people once again. Last year a total of 978,216 young people from every corner of the country took part in the annual Make Your Mark ballot. The ballot will decide what Members of the UK Youth Parliament should debate and vote on to be their campaign for in 2018.

What should YOUR UK Youth Parliament campaign on?
They will decide from the TOP* issues voted by you!
On the 10th November the UK Youth Parliament will come together in the House of Commons to debate and decide the most important issues to campaign on for the year ahead.
Find our more about UK Youth Parliament at: and on Facebook at: UKYouthParliament

The issue are as followed;
A Curriculum to prepare us for life – Schools should cover topics like finance, sex and relationships, education and politics.
Votes at 16 – Give 16 and 17 year olds the right to vote in all elections/referendums.
Protect LGBT+ people – Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender+ young people deserve to be treated the same as everyone else: discrimination needs to be challenged.
Support for Young Carers – Government should increase funding to support Young Carers. Schools and youth organisations should work together better to support them.
Transport – Make public transport cheaper, better and accessible for all.
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.
Mental Health – Services should be improved with young peoples help.
Make the invisible visible – Not all debilitating illnesses and conditions are visible eg. epilepsy, autism and diabetes can be isolating. Young people should work together to raise awareness.
Protect schools budgets from damaging cuts – Government should reverse the proposed cuts to schools so that each young person has an equal chance to succeed.
Work Experience hubs for 11-18 year olds – Knowing where to find work experience can be challenging. Government should create an online space to ehlp young people with this.
You can find the online ballot paper @

The UK Youth Parliament House of Commons sitting is part of Parliament Week. It is a great opportunity to find out more about your parliamentary democracy and how you can take part. Parliament Week runs from 13th – 19th November 2017. To find out more information, go to #parliamentweek

*The result will prioritise the issues for the debate in the House of Commons, but the debate must include at least 2 UK wide topics (not just topics relevant to England) due to the devolved nature of UK democracy.