The YEA is all about making sure young people in Essex have a voice and that they are actually heard. In 2019 the YEA took part in the national survey Make Your Mark to find out what the biggest issue is for young people. The YEA managed to get a huge response from 27,756 young people across Essex. Protect the environment came top with 12,665 votes. In January 2020, the elected members prioritised this as their county-wide campaign for the year.