Cedars Upper School student is the voice for young people in Leighton Buzzard

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A Cedars Upper School student is encouraging young people to take part in the annual Make Your Mark ballot, the largest consultation of young people in the country.

Elisha Fowler, 14, of Heath and Reach, is an elected member of the UK Youth Parliament from Central Bedfordshire.

Elisha Fowler

Elisha Fowler

The ballot began in August and will be running until Friday, October 10, young people are being asked what issues matter most to them, this will determine what is debated by the UK Youth Parliament in the House of Commons on Friday, November 14.

Voting takes place online and through ballot papers issued in schools and youth centres.

Elisha said: “It is really important to have your say and that is what Make Your Mark is about, allowing young people to have their say on the issues that are important to them.

“I began my term in June and I am really enjoying it, I have a lot of responsibility and I feel like I am the voice for the young people of Leighton Buzzard.

Central Bedfordshire Council Youth Parliament

Central Bedfordshire Council Youth Parliament

“It is a lot of hard work but there is also a lot of fun and creative things that you can do.

“I went to the annual sitting and that was where we decided on what issues would be on the ballot, there was a lot of debating about what should go on there.”

Ten topics will be available to choose from on the initial Make Your Mark ballot paper, with the five most popular topics among young people going on to be discussed in November.

Last year, the Make Your Mark ballot surveyed the opinions of over 478,000 young people, this year, a target has been set of getting 1,000,000 young people to take part.