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Welcome to another issue of The Voice, which brings with it news of the highest ever turnout in a UK Youth Parliament Make Your Mark ballot, a positive stories report from your youth representatives, news of success for the Votes at 16 campaign in Scotland. and much more besides.
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Find out what your youth representatives got up to in September

thevoice_positivestoriesseptemberEach month we invite youth representatives (including members of Youth Parliament, Youth Councillors and Young Mayors) to share stories of the positive things they've been doing in their communities. Here's September's report...


Votes at 16: Scotland leads the way

thevoice_votesat16This week Scottish First Minister Alex Salmond and the Prime Minister David Cameron signed a historic agreement that will give many 16 and 17 year olds the right to vote in the referendum on Scottish independence.  Read BYC’s reaction.


Record turnout in UKYP’s Make Your Mark ballot – over a quarter of a million votes!

thevoice_westmidlandsWe’re delighted to announce that this year has seen the highest ever turnout for a UK Youth Parliament Make Your Mark ballot, with a count at last weekend’s run of hugely successful BYC conventions totalling 253,637 votes!  Young people from the West Midlands, who topped the charts with 45,483 votes, are pictured left. We’ll be announcing which five topics were voted as the priority campaigns on Monday 22nd October.

Watch: BYC panel debates at Conservative, Labour and Liberal Democrat party conferences

thevoice_paneldebatesOver the past month BYC has run Question Time-style panel debates at the Liberal Democrat, Labour and Conservative party conferences in conjunction with O2’s Think Big campaign. Watch highlights from the debates here.


Watch: Ed Timpson MP gives first speech as Minister at BYC event

thevoice_edtimpsonEdward Timpson MP used a BYC panel debate as the setting for his first speech as Parliamentary Under Secretary of State at the Department of Education. Watch the speech in full here.


A new voice for Students in the Commonwealth

thevoice_commonwealtheducationministersmeetingOver the past month BYC has run Question Time-style panel debates at the Liberal Democrat, Labour and Conservative party conferences in conjunction with O2’s Think Big campaign. Watch highlights from the debates here.


Debate issues that matter to young people on OurSpace - influence EU decision makers

thevoice_ourspaceBYC this month are launching Our Space, the new European platform that allows young people to debate the national and European issues of the day with young people across the continent. Anyone is free to start or contribute to a debate, and also vote for the best solutions and responses. The site is directly linked to European decision makers, and proposals made on the site with the most votes being taken directly to the European Parliament.  We’ve made this video to give you a bit of back ground.  Share your thoughts and have your say here.



Votes at 16 – what do you think about lowering the voting age?

With the announcement this week that 16 and 17 year olds will be allowed to vote in the referendum on Scottish Independence, there has been a lot of national and European debate over the issue. BYC want to know what you think about lowering the voting age to 16. Let us know what you think about votes at 16 here on our online discussion portal OurSpace.



Apply or nominate someone for a BT Internet Ranger Award

BT’s Internet Rangers scheme recognises that young people are digital natives and are often in a unique position to be able to help friends, family and other members of the community get online. Young people up to the age of 16 can either apply for an award themselves or be nominated by someone else, for the work they have done helping other people get online. There are four national winners in each of England, Scotland, Wales and Ireland and one of these is chosen as the overall winner.  There are also four runners up. Prizes include a choice of iPad or laptops plus vouchers. There are also two runners up prizes of £2,500. For more details and to apply for these awards, go to The closing date for applications is 2nd November.



Help strengthen new Police and Crime Commissioners’ relationship with young people

New Police and Crime Commissioners will be elected soon, and want the candidates to run a clean campaign which avoids stereotyping or using negative language about young people. If elected, think they should consult young people when developing their police and crime plan, especially those with direct experience of the criminal justice system. Take action at their website.


Get involved with Anti Bullying Week – free resources for schools and individuals

The countdown is on to Anti-Bullying Week 2012 (19-23 November). BeatBullying’s Anti-Bullying Week website features a range of FREE school resources and lesson plans.  They’ve got loads of ideas for what you can do - as an individual, or as a school, class or together in a group.

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