The Young Essex Assembly (YEA) is the elected youth council for Essex and is supported by Essex Youth Service. There are 75 elected YEA members, representing all districts across Essex. The YEA review priorities and consult with young people as well as campaigning to make a positive difference for young people in Essex.
How we work
As a member of the YEA you will have the opportunity to be heard by members of Essex County Council, local and national organisations as well as other youth groups. The YEA work hard to improve the lives of young people in Essex and make important decisions on their behalf. All YEA Members represent young people within their communities and engage with those young people to ensure they have their voices heard and represent them fully.
All members of the Young Essex Assembly meet once every month, we call these meetings 'sittings'. All sittings are held within the County and will often take place on a Saturday or on a day during the school holidays.
You will also be a part of an area group working on local issues, these are called 'local link' meetings and normally occur once a month. Each member is asked to take part in another group, which focuses on current work the YEA is undertaking. These are called 'Sub-Groups'. Smaller meetings, which involve the sub-groups, usually take place during an evening mid-week.
Each Sub-Group will feed back to the main Assembly. Seven members of the YEA are also elected each year to represent Essex within the UK Youth Parliament.
Meet the Staff Team
Youth Participation Lead
YEA Team Leader