Will Matthews, an elected Member of the UK Youth Parliament (MYP) from the Isle of Wight, is taking part in the annual Make Your Mark ballot, the largest consultation of young people in the country.
In a ballot beginning 12th August and running until 10th October, young people across the country will be asked what issues matter most to them, in order to determine what is debated by the UK Youth Parliament (UKYP) in the House of Commons on 14th November. Voting takes places both online and through ballot papers issues in schools and youth centres.
Ten topics will be available to choose from on the initial Make Your Mark ballot paper, with the five most popular topics among young people going on to be discussed by MYPs in their November debate, chaired by the Speaker of the House of Commons Rt. Hon. John Bercow MP and broadcast live on BBC Parliament.
Last year, the Make Your Mark ballot surveyed the opinions of over 478,000 young people, making it the largest youth consultation of its kind in the UK. This year, MYPs have set themselves a target of getting 1,000,000 young people to take part.
Will, 15, who will be running the Make Your Mark campaign on the Isle of Wight, said:
“Make Your Mark is a fantastic opportunity for young people to get their voice across. This year we are trying to capture the voice of one million young people, to show everyone that our opinion matters. We can do this together, so get voting!”
To vote, visit www.mi-voice.com/mym/.