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


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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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