It's Time To Make Your Mark - Vote in the largest youth referendum

Hey everyone! :)

Today I really want to talk about something super exciting that is happening in the next six weeks that you can all get involved in. As some of you may know if you've been following this blog for a while I stood for election into the UK Youth Parliament late last year, and although I wasn't elected I have kept close links with the organisation through my work as a youth councillor. Well, every year the UK Youth Parliament conducts a huge referendum of 11-18 year olds to find out what issues young people are passionate about. The results of this referendum decide what topics the UK Youth Parliament campaign on in the next year.

There are ten issues that you can vote on, you have to pick ONE that you feel most strongly about. The ten topics are:

1. The end of austerity and child poverty.

2. A curriculum to prepare us for life.

3. Extended Special Educational Needs support.

4. Make public transport cheaper and more accessible.

5. Give 16 and 17 year olds the vote.

6. Mental health services for young people should be improved.

7. Tackling racism and religious discrimination.

8. Tackle climate change.

9. Fund our youth services, don't cut them.

10. Everyone should be paid the living wage (£7.85 an hour or  £9.15 an hour in London)

Last year 875,000 11-18 year olds took part, this year the aim is to reach a staggering 1 MILLION young people. However this can only be achieved with your help as we need as much help as we can get. Without turning this into an extremely long and boring post what I'm basically trying to tell you to do is VOTE VOTE VOTE! It might not seem like a very big deal right this second but by selecting which issue you feel most strongly about you can contribute to the national voice of all young people!

You can vote either through your school or online. Considering that it's still the summer holidays its probably going to be easier for most of you to vote online so head to this link now: http://www.ukyouthparliament.org.uk/makeyourmark/

If you would like to get really active in the campaign then you can become a Make Your Mark Champion which basically just means that you should be encouraging all your friends and people at your school to vote, and there are prizes for the people that get the most people to vote, just saying ;). Click this link to register as a make your mark champion: http://www.ukyouthparliament.org.uk/make-your-mark/mark-your-mark-champion/

Hope you enjoyed that short little post and that you tell all your friends to vote, they have until October to do it so there's really no excuse! Sorry I haven't been updating as regularly as I said I would be, but a couple of exciting things have happened in the last few weeks (unfortunately I'm not allowed to tell you guys yet).

Love you all and stop by next Sunday for my top tips to start an activism group at your school!

Sarah xx :)