What is the Make Your Mark campaign?

The Make Your Mark ballot is the UK Youth Parliament's (UKYP) annual ballot of young people to find out what issues are affecting them and how a difference can be made.

The ballot consists of issues that young people have said affect them in the UK.

It starts off with 130 issues which are narrowed down to 10 by members of youth parliament at an annual sitting in July 2016. The top 10 issues then go out to all young people in the UK to vote on which ones they think are most important.

The top five issues from the 10 voted on are then taken to the House of Commons on 11 November 2016 for the UKYP to debate on. The one they decide is the most important will become the campaign in the UK for the year ahead.

What is the UK Youth Parliament?

Run by young people for young people, The UKYP provides opportunities for 11-18 year olds to use their voice in creative ways to bring about social change. The UKYP is made up of 379 members of youth parliament, who are elected by their peers in youth elections throughout the UK. Any young person aged can stand or vote. Once elected, members of youth parliament organise events and projects, run campaigns and influence decision makers on the issues which matter most to young people.

Who can vote in Make Your Mark?

Young people aged between 11-18 can take part. We are looking for as many young people to debate and vote on the issues as possible.

How can you get involved? 

We will be sending out ballot papers to schools, colleges and other organisations and we need as many young people to vote on which issues are most important to them.

If you could fill out the ballot papers and send them to youth.collective@surreycc.gov.uk, that would be great!