Time for youth to make their mark

Young people in Northumberland are being invited to have their say at the largest consultation of young people's views in the country.

Saturday, 3rd September 2016, 07:59 am
County Hall, Morpeth, headquarters for Northumberland County Council.

Everyone aged 11 to 18 is invited to Make their Mark on the ballot to shortlist what is debated in the House of Commons by the Youth Parliament on November 11.

Make Your Mark is organised by the UK Youth Parliament to mark International Youth Day. The debate will be chaired by John Bercow MP.

The ballot will contain ten policies voted for by Members of Youth Parliament including mental health, and lowering the voting age, which reflect their election pledges in local elections across the UK earlier in the year.

The campaign will see members and volunteers across the country invite young people in schools and youth clubs to take this opportunity to have their say and to inform and influence Government and decision makers in their communities.

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Jamie Macaulay, 17, member of Youth Parliament for Northumberland, said: “It’s your chance to make a difference here in Northumberland, it’s time to Make Your Mark.”

This year’s campaign, supported by the British Youth Council, NCS (National Citizen Service), Royal College of Paediatric and Child Health, and #iwill Campaign aims to beat last year’s record of 969,992 young people taking part.

Young people can take part in the consultation by visiting www.ukyouthparliament.org.uk/makeyourmark