UK Youth Parliament - Leeds

Make Your Mark 2018

Make Your Mark is the largest youth consultation in the UK. It's run b local  Members of Youth Parliament with support from their local Voice, Influence & Change Teams. This year there's a collective ambition to see over a million 11 to 18 year olds accross the UK taking part in the ballot. 

Young people are asked to choose the one issue that is most important to them from a list of 10 issues. The 5 issues with the most votes will be debated by Members of Youth Parliament at the House of Commons on Friday 9th November 2018 before they vote for the issue that will become the UKYP national campaign for 2018/19. 

Your Members of Youth Parliament in Leeds (Arqam, Harry, Samuel & Sylvia) have created a short video to explain what Make Your Mark is and how to vote.

Young people 11 to 18 years old will be able to vote in the Make Your Mark ballot through your schools from the 3rd September to the 3rd October 2018. 

Click the image below to cast your vote:

Check out the documents below to find out how you can support Leeds Members of Youth Parliament with Make Your Mark or get in touch with us at for more information

How UKYP works

Every two years young people aged 11-18 vote for their four Members of Youth Parliament (MYPs) to represent them at local, regional and national level.

Following elections at the start of 2018, the current MYPs for Leeds are: Samuel Cliff, Sylvia Cullen, Arqam Al-Hadeed and Harry Small,

Local and national campaigns

In 2017, over 17,000 young people in Leeds (25% of the total youth population voted in the Make Your Mark ballot. When the votes were counted, 'Making public transport cheaper, better and more accessible for all" came out as the top issue and the Leeds Youth Council are working on this subject as their 2018 campaign. They have already met with key transport providers and have had the local Children and Young People's plan to include "transport" as a key priority for young people in the city.

Across the UK just under one million young people took part in the Make Your Mark ballot and the top five issues from the public vote were debated in the House of Commons by MYPs from around the country. The current national campaign is Votes @ 16, giving 16 and 17 year olds the right to vote in local and national elections as well as in referendums. Leeds' Members of Youth Parliament made a deputation to a full council meeting in July 2017 where they won the formal support of Leeds City Council. The Leader of the Council, Judith Blake has since written a letter to the government to pledge Leeds' support for Votes at 16.

The England-only campaign for 2017 is "A curriculum to prepare us for life" - schools should do more to cover topics including finance, sex and relationships and politics and voting. Members  of Youth Parliament are busy planning their campaign and are speaking to young people in Leeds about their experiences currently in their own schools.

You can follow the progress of all of these campaigns using social media - find us @Leeds Youth Voice on Instagram, Facebook and Twitter.

How to become an MYP for Leeds

The UKYP Elections happen every two years in Leeds with the next elections due to take place in early 2020. To ensure that you are always up-to-date with Youth Voice opportunities in Leeds and are amongtst the first to hear about the next UKYP elections we reccomend that you join the Leeds Youth Council

Previous Campaigns

2011-12 Cheaper public transport

2012-13 Cheaper public transport

2013-14 A Curriculum for Life / Votes @ 16

View the short film documenting their journey here

2014-15 Better mental health services for young people

View the short film documenting their 2015 journey here

2015-16 Tackling Racial and Religious Discrimination

Read a full summary of the UKYP 2016-18 Full Term Report.pdf

View the 2016/17 #LetsTackleIt film or read the event report

Contact info and further links

More about UK Youth Parliament.

More about British Youth Council

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