Somerset youth signs up to ‘Make its Mark’

Young people from fifteen Somerset schools and young people’s groups are taking part in the UK’s largest youth consultation on Friday 12 August 2016.

Members of Somerset’s UK Youth Parliament – which is coordinated by Somerset County Council – have been working hard to encourage county schools and youth groups to commit to participate in the ‘Make Your Mark’ campaign which launches on 12 August 2016. The aim of Make Your Mark is to give young people across the UK a chance to vote on the issues that matter most to them.

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The three Somerset MYPs – from left to right: Chelsea White, Jess Hill, Kira Lewis.

Fifteen Somerset schools and youth organisations have now signed up to take part.

Their votes will shape the topics discussed and debated at the UK Youth Parliament House of Commons live debate in November.

The number of 11 to 18 year olds signed up to take part in the event has risen thanks to the efforts of the three Somerset Members of the UK Youth Parliament and their advisory group.

The Somerset schools and organisations taking part are:

  • 2bU Somerset, Taunton
  • Bishop Fox’s School, Taunton
  • The Castle School, Taunton
  • Crispin School, Street
  • Fairlands Middle School, Cheddar
  • Heathfield School, Taunton
  • Huish Episcipi Academy, Langport
  • Kingsmead School, Wiveliscombe
  • Police Cadets, Taunton
  • Somerset College, Taunton
  • Somerset UKYPAG, Taunton
  • South Petherton Youth Parish Council
  • Stoke St Michael Youth Club
  • The Kings of Wessex Academy, Cheddar
  • and Taunton Academy.

Cllr Frances Nicholson, Cabinet Member for Children and Families at Somerset County Council said: “Thank you and well done to the Somerset Members of the Youth Parliament for all their efforts in engaging Somerset children in the Make Your Mark campaign.

“It’s a good opportunity for children to have their say and so feed directly into the work of the UK Youth Parliament. It also gives schools and other youth organisations a powerful springboard for discussing and exploring the different issues that matter to young people.”

Results will be announced on Tuesday 18 October 2016. For more information on Make Your Mark, visit www.ukyouthparliament.org.uk/makeyourmark