Isobel Willis, a Year 11 student at Upper Wharfedale School, is standing for election in the UK Youth Parliament ‘Make your Mark’ early next month.

Make Your Mark takes place annually, supported by Local Authorities, schools, UK Parliament, and the Department for Digital, Culture, Media & Sport. It gives all young people aged 11-18 in the UK the chance to have a say on the biggest issues facing young people.

Issy was made aware of the scheme by her History teacher and she decided that she would write an application, talking about an issue that is very important to her. She was contacted just a few days ago to say that she has been shortlisted to the final three to stand for election to represent Harrogate and Craven. The other candidates are both sixth form students from Harrogate.

Issy says that she “would love to be elected as she wants to make a change for people and thinks that the whole experience will benefit her in the future.”

The role would involve attending meetings, working with the other three North Yorkshire representatives, and advocating the views of young people.

We all wish Issy the best of luck in the forthcoming election and are tremendously proud of her achievement of making it this far. Students at Upper Wharfedale School will be voting during the week beginning 7th February after closely studying the candidates’ anonymised manifestos.

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