Published 18th November 2020

Southend Youth Council members are taking part in this year’s virtual Make your Mark voting, organised by the British Youth Council, and so can all other 11-18 year olds in the borough.

The Make your Mark campaign, normally organised during September but delayed due to the pandemic and has been carried out online this year, is the biggest consultation of young people in the UK every year. The campaign allows people aged between 11-18 to cast their vote on one national issue and one local issue out of a selection provided.

The idea of the scheme is to get young people to have their say on issues that affect them, which will then get debated by members of Youth Parliament. Members of the Youth Council have already voted during their November meeting, and the scheme is supported by the UK Parliament. Anyone between the age of 11-18 can vote online until Monday 30 November via the UK Parliament Week Website.

Scott Kebbell, member of Youth Parliament for Southend, said this about the campaign: “I think now more than ever Make your Mark is a great way for young people to get their views heard and express how they feel. It presents a unique opportunity for young people to effect change where we feel we need it most and in an ever changing post-Covid world we live in, its right that young people’s priorities are considered in shaping the future.”

Madi Faulkner-Hatt, Youth Mayor of Southend, commented on the scheme, saying: “Make your Mark is a chance for young people to get involved in important issues in the country and their community, and aid in changing their future. I ask that everyone who has the chance to have their say does get involved and help make change in a time where little is certain.”

The Youth Parliament is not party political but it is a good way for young people in the borough to make their views known. Labour’s Anne Joes, Executive Councillor for Children & Learning, says: “I very much support us having a Youth Council and admire the young people who take part. Make Your Mark is a really great way of getting young people to tell Parliament what their own priorities are and I encourage them to do that.”
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