Milton Keynes youngsters leading national youth ballot

MYPs from Milton Keynes
MYPs from Milton Keynes

Youth MPs from Milton Keynes are part of the annual Make Your Mark ballot, the largest consultation of young people in the country.

Young people are asked what issues matter most to them. Their answers will help to shape what topics are debated by the UK Youth Parliament (UKYP) in the House of Commons in November.

Voting takes place both online and through ballot papers issued in schools and youth centres.

17-year-old Adam Rolfe, of Lord Grey School, Kayla Villimil-Martinez 16, of Hazeley Academy, 16-year-old Stantonbury Campus student Amber Sounders, are the youth MPs who will be representing Milton Keynes.

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 John Bercow.

The debate will be broadcasted live on BBC Parliament and some of the issues on the ballot this year include votes at 16 and 17, funding youth services as opposed to cutting them, mental health, work experience, and young people’s involvement in the making of laws.

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.

17-year-old MYP Adam Rolfe, who will be running the Make Your Mark campaign in Milton Keynes, said: “Make Your Mark is a great way for all young people to have their say on issues which really matter to them. Last year, over 6,000 young people from Milton Keynes voted in Make Your Mark and this year we want it to be even better.

“Whatever issues are chosen I will be representing and debating about them in the House of Commons debate in November.”

Further information can be found online. If you are a young person aged 11-19 you can vote here: www.mi-voice.com/mym

If you are a school who hasn’t already got involved but would like to, contact emma.hosking@milton-keynes.gov.uk