Make Your Mark 2016
In late July 2016 young people nationally decided on 10 top issues that were important to them.
- Votes at 16
- A curriculum to prepare us for life
- First Aid education for all young people
- Mental health
- Stop cuts that affect the NHS
- Body image
- Fund our youth services, don't cut them
- Raising awareness of sexual harrassment in schools
- Tackling racism and religious discrimination, particularly against people who are Muslim or Jewish
Between August and the end of September 2016 over 8 weeks, Surrey's Youth Collective members were out in the streets, at events, in schools, talking to as many youth organisations and young people as they possible could getting votes on the top issues most important to Surrey's young people.
In October 2016 the results were announced by the British Youth Council. In Surrey we were waiting patiently to hear.
OMG the results came in and what an achievement - our Collective members had collected 27,004 votes from young people aged 11-18 on the most important issues to them.
Yes you read that correctly, we had collected a massive
27,004 votes !!!
Not only that....but nationally that placed Surrey 2nd in the largest national youth consultation !
Completely amazing when you think back to the previous year 2015 where we only managed to collect 2,816 votes in total.
Surrey's votes contributed towards the total of 978,216 young people nationally that voted on topics that were important to them and which should be debated in the House of Commons on 11th November 2016.
We would like to say a massive thank you to all those who voted,
all the schools that helped us collect votes and all the organisations
and people who assisted us, collected votes with us, supported
us and made this success a huge possibility.