The Make Your Mark ballot is an annual national consultation, which has taken place since 2011 and is supported by Local Authorities, schools, UK Parliament, Fledglink and the Department for Digital, Culture, Media & Sport. It gives young people across the country a say on what is to be debated on the green benches of the House of Commons by Members of Youth Parliament. Following the debate, the top issues will be brought to the attention of Government Ministers, including the newly appointed Minister for Civil Society, Baroness Barran MBE, who has taken on responsibility for youth policy.
This year the ballot paper was different to previous years. This year the ballot was split into 3 sections, giving young people the chance to select one UK-wide issue, one devolved issue (England only) and gave them the opportunity to identify an issue in their local communities. The ballot includes issues such as knife crime, the environment, mental health in schools and hate crime.
Locally this means that the York Youth Council will work on the local issues identified that are most important to young people in their authority, as well as working on the top voted for issues.