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Make Your Mark 2020

This is the fifth year AGS has taken part in Make Your Mark, an opportunity for 11-18 year olds in the UK to have their say and democratically engage with local, regional and national campaigning on the issues that affect them.

Marke Your Mark

Make Your Mark is delivered in partnership between UK Youth Parliament, the British Youth Council and Local Authorities across the UK. Our students’ votes contribute to what the Youth Council voice in parliament and also lets us know what our students think about current issues. This also feeds into what our Student Council work on.

Young people were asked to pick one from each of the following lists:

National Issue Local Issue
 Support our mental health  Access to training and jobs
 Free university  Young people’s voice should be included in creating local services
 Tackle child poverty  Leisure and Culture services
 Stop plastic pollution  End the health postcode lottery
 Increase racial awareness in the school curriculum  Improve places to go and things to do for young people
 Take action on the climate emergency   Access to technology and broadband for learning
 Votes at 16  Childhood obesity and food poverty 
 Tackle discrimination and hate crime   Homelessness 
 Include young people in the plan for Covid-19 recovery  Domestic Violence
 Protect human rights   Transport

 
The results from AGS student responses are:

National Issue  Local Issue
1st Free Universities  1st Homelessness
2nd Racial Awareness  2nd Domestic Violence
3rd Mental Health   3rd Jobs

Our Student Council will take this information and look at ways to address the issues.

Currently, Student Council are running a Christmas Hamper donation challenge. Form groups have been challenged to collect non-perishable food, toiletries and household products for families who need help at this difficult time. Boxes will be collected by the Student Council on Tuesday 1 December. There will be a prize for the Best Filled Box and the Best Decorated Box. The Hampers will be donated to local families needing support, and any left will be donated to St George’s Crypt in Leeds.

We will share the results of the national vote with our students, once the information is available.

Students interested in taking this further may apply to join the Leeds Youth Council https://surveys.leeds.gov.uk/s/LYCnetwork/ .

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