On 31st July, two members from Worcestershire's Youth Cabinet embarked on a trip to the UK Youth Parliament Annual Sitting 2015 as part of their elected roles as Members of Youth Parliament (MYP).
The weekend involved MYP's from around the UK coming together to propose motions which have now been placed on a consultation called 'Make Your Mark' to be voted on by anyone aged 18 and under. Make Your Mark is the largest consultation of young people from across the UK. The consultation outcomes will decide the Youth Parliament's debates and issues for the coming year and the top ones will be debated within the House of Commons in November.
Now, on National Youth Day (12th August), Make Your Mark has gone live and young people can select their top issue. Joe and Glen, both Members of Youth Parliament from Wyre Forest and Redditch, have pledged that they will get at least 7000 ballots from young people across Worcestershire. Local schools, colleges and youth clubs will be asked if they wish to take part. Voting is a key stage in the democratic process as it allows the UK Youth Parliament to campaign on matters close to this generation of young people.
Joseph Webster, 16 from the Wyre Forest said: "It was a great weekend and we were very lucky to take part in an event which allowed us take to the top issues in the area and present them to the Government. As MYP for Wyre Forest it is my job to consult local youth clubs, schools and colleges on what they think are their top issues before taking them to debates and acting on them. Many great motions have been added to the ballot such as Votes at 16 and Work Experience across all schools."
For further information on how you can get involved in the Make Your Mark consultation please visit www.ukyouthparliament.org.uk/makeyourmark