MAKE YOUR MARK
We are backing the ‘MAKE YOUR MARK’ ballot, the largest youth consultation across the UK and this year are aiming to encourage over 5000 young people aged 11-18 years across Carmarthenshire to get involved and vote on the most important issue to them. Last year over 978,216 young people took part in the national ballot that decided on which issues were debated by the UK Youth Parliament at the UKYP sitting in the House of Commons.
Carmarthenshire Youth Councillors attended the official launch of the UK Youth Parliament Make Your Mark ballot 2017 in Cardiff on Saturday 12th August. You have until Friday 6th October to have your say on what issues matter most to you and help decide what UK Youth Parliament debates in the House of Commons;
- A Curriculum to prepare us for life
- Votes at 16
- Protecting LGBT+ people
- Support for young carers
- First Aid Education for All Young People
- Mental health
- Make the invisible visible
- Protect schools budgets from damaging cuts
- Work Experience hubs for 11-18 year olds
Voting can be done online www.ukyouthparliament.org.uk/makeyourmark or via a paper ballot which are available from Carmarthenshire Youth Council. Ballot papers will also be sent to all Secondary School Councils and Youth Projects in Carmarthenshire to encourage every young person within the county to get involved in ‘Mark Your Mark’ and help spread the word, so that Wales has a voice on a UK level.
Alisha Gibbons from Tycroes has been elected to represent Carmarthenshire and Wales as Carmarthenshire’s UK Youth Parliament member for 2017/18. 16 year old Alisha will be amongst 24 members representing Wales when members of the UKYP will come together in the House of Commons on Friday 17th November to debate and decide on the most important issue to campaign on for 2018.
Alisha has been a member of CYC for the past 5 years, representing the Amman Area of Carmarthenshire. Along with her colleagues Alisha in her role as a Youth Councillor takes part in a number of projects that represent the views and opinions of young people to decision makers.
This is the second time that Alisha has been successfully elected to represent Carmarthenshire at the UK Youth Parliament as she was also Carmarthenshire UKYP Member in 2015 and later went on to win a national election with over 33 percent of the vote to represent Wales as the only Welsh Debate Lead at the prestigious London event.
Alisha, 14 at the time was the youngest Debate Lead at the event, and demonstrated commitment and enthusiasm to learning new skills and taking advantage of new opportunities such as taking part in the training provided by the British Youth Council in London in preparation for standing and delivering a speech at the despatch box, one of only 100 young people to have had this opportunity throughout the history of the House Of Commons.
Don't forget to MAKE YOUR MARK and vote! Results will be announced on 18th October. You can also keep up to date with the conversation on twitter and facebook or use #UKUP17
For more information Watch the Make Your Mark video or visit the UK Youth Parliament website Or contact us on firstname.lastname@example.org