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What is Make Your Mark?

Make Your Mark gives a unique opportunity to you, to vote on the matters you want to be addressed nationally by Youth Members of Parliament. Suffolk will also get a break-down of local results which will be discussed at a local level.. 

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This year, through school, youth groups and youth organisations, online, using tally charts or hand counts young people once again will vote on the ten issues chosen by UKYP in a priority ballot in July. Online voting opens 12th August schools vote between 7th and 30th September and results must be counted and submitted locally by 3rd October. Results are announced on the 18th of October.

The ten issues on the ballot paper this year include

  1. A curriculum to prepare us for life
  2. Votes at 16
  3. Protect LGBT+ people
  4. Support for young carers
  5. Transport
  6. First Aid education for all young people
  7. Mental health
  8. Make the invisible people visible
  9. Protect schools' budgets from damaging cuts
  10. Work experience hubs for 11-18 year olds

Last year a total of 978,216 young people from every corner of the country took part in the annual Make Your Mark ballot. Our very own Copleston High School in Ipswich were the winners of 5 VIP tickets for best turnout. The ballot will decide what Members of the UK Youth Parliament should debate and vote on to be their campaign in 2018. The debate will take place in November 2017 within the House of Commons.

Would you like to hold a ballot? Check out the information poster and tally sheet or contact Maddie Pawlowicz 
Downloadable presentation for schools/ youth groups
Return results by 3rd October to Maddie Pawlowicz
ould you like to help make Make Your Mark a success? Become a MYM Champion. Check out the or contact

Why Make Your Mark matters

Make Your Mark is a chance to have your say and get government to take action on the issues you care about. Make sure you vote to have your voice heard and be part of the UK's largest youth consultation. 

Natasha Graves, MYP for Ipswich, said:

Make Your Mark is an excellent activity to host across high schools, youth groups and colleges, as it gets young people engaged with making decisions on a political level. Young people are given the opportunity to have their voices heard and think about what really needs tackling by the government in their community. It also encourages young people to take an active interest in their communities and the world around them, and realise that politics isn’t boring and it does affect them.

Minister for Civil Society Brooks Newmark said:

As a father with 5 children, I know how important it is that all young people are supported to fulfil their potential, regardless of their background or life circumstances. The Make your Mark campaign, supported by government, plays an important role in enabling young people’s voices to be heard. I am delighted to support the launch of Make your Mark today and look forward to what will be a great debate in Parliament later this year.


Follow the action on Twitter via #MakeYourMark and find @UKYP on Twitter.

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