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Make Your Mark 2018 Results

Make Your Mark, the annual national ballot of all young people aged 11-18 took place from August to October this year. 7147 young people from Blackpool made their voices heard by voting on the issue that they felt most passionate about. The 10 possible issues were: Mental Health; End Period Poverty; Votes at 16; End Knife Crime; Curriculum for Life; Support Youth Services; Equal Pay, Equal Work; Homelessness; Transport; Welcome Refugees. The issue that Blackpool’s young people voted as their top priority was ‘Mental Health’ which recieved 14.9% (1066 votes) of total ballots. ‘End Knife Crime’ was second with 13.3% (954 votes) and in third was ‘Curriculum for Life’ with 13.1% (934 votes).

‘Mental Health’ has now been the top issue in Blackpool for 2 years in a row, being the top issue in 2017 as well.

Blackpool Youth Council will work with schools, colleges, youth groups, Blackpool Council and other local organisations in order to help raise awareness on these issues, allowing Blackpool to become a better town for young people to live, learn and work.

The starting point for developing our strategy for these issues is holding our annual Youth Summit which for this Make Your Mark cycle will be held at The Oracle, St. Anne’s Rd. on Wednesday 14th November 2018 at 5.30pm. Our Youth Summit is open to the public whereby young people can question a panel of professionals and decision makers on the top issues raised in Make Your Mark.

Each vote cast is one young person making their voice heard to change their lives and their town for the better. We would like to thank every organisation and young person that took part in this important vote to change the lives of the young people in our town.

If you would like to find out more about Blackpool Youth Council, find out more about our Youth Summit and engage with our campaigns to represent and empower Blackpool’s young people, contact myself (Connor Danson, Chair of Blackpool Youth Council) at: dmyp@blackpoolyc.org

Make Your Mark 2017 Results

Make Your Mark, the annual national ballot of all young people aged 11-18 took place from August to October this year. 4773 young people from Blackpool made their voices heard by voting on the issue that they felt most passionate about. The 10 possible issues were: A Curriculum to prepare us for life; Votes at 16; Protect LGBT+ People; Support for Young Carers; Transport; First Aid Education for All Young People; Mental Health; Make Invisible Disabilities Visible; Protecting School Budgets from Damaging Cuts; Work Experience Hubs for 11-18 year olds.

The issue that young people across Blackpool voted as their top priority was ‘Mental Health’ which received 15.3% of total ballots. ‘A Curriculum to prepare us for life’ was second with 14.7% and in third was ‘Work Experience hubs for 11-18 year olds’ with 11.4%.

Blackpool Youth Council will be working with local organisations including schools, colleges and youth groups in order to make a difference for young people based upon the result of this ballot. We aim to meet with many of these organisations during our annual Youth Summit to discuss these key issues.

Each vote cast is one young person making their voice heard to change their lives and their town for the better. We would like to thank every organisation, school, college, youth group and young person that took part in this important vote to change the lives of the young people in our town.

If you would like to find out more about Blackpool Youth Council and engage with our campaigns to represent and empower Blackpool’s young people. contact us at: april@urpotential.co.uk. Social Media links: @blackpoolyc (Twitter) @blackpoolyc (Facebook Page)


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. The debate will take place in November 2017 within the House of Commons.

Follow all the action on twitter via #MakeYourMark

 

More info on Make Your Mark… Watch the video below

 WE NEED THE SUPPORT OF SCHOOLS, COLLEGES & YOUTH ORGANISATIONS

Each year, we’ve had the support of schools, colleges and youth organisations in our quest to get young people across the UK to take part in the Make Your Mark ballot. This year we’d like the support of even more so we can reach more young people.

What happens with the results?

All the results get added up in October 2017. This selects the topics that Members of the UK Youth Parliament debate and vote on to be their campaign for the year ahead, during their sitting in the House of Commons, which is due to take place in November 2017.

How do we help?

There’s a dedicated website for online voting and loads of resources for use in groups, assemblies etc. Which will go live in mid-July.


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