The Young Essex Assembly (YEA) is the elected youth council for Essex. Young people representing all districts in Essex were elected on to the YEA in December 2014, at the same time taking part in one of the largest surveys in the county to identify which issues are most important to young people.YEA December 2014 Election Report
The YEA is made up of 75 young people from Essex who have been elected to represent young people in the county and to campaign to make a positive difference to their lives. YEA members will be listened to by the county council and by other groups working with or for young people.
The YEA has representatives from all districts/boroughs across Essex, with members in post for two years. It sits six times a year, while its subgroups also meet regularly.
The new members, all aged between 11 and 19, had their inaugural Sitting at County Hall in Chelmsford on Saturday February 7 and Sunday February 8 2015. During the weekend they were formally welcomed by Essex County Council chairman Cllr Norman Hume and nine other county councillors.
The YEA members also posed written questions to the councillors, coming up with a number of thought-provoking questions about topics such as how the YEA can influence decisions, the budget and the council’s role in lobbying national government.
The YEA members elected their 12 representatives on to UK Youth Parliament and also took part in focus group discussions about diversity and equality.
Cllr Ray Gooding, Essex County Council’s cabinet member for Education and Lifelong Learning, said: “It was fantastic to meet with the Young Essex Assembly (YEA) and I look forward to working with them over the next two years.
“The YEA has a crucial role to play in providing a link between young people and local government. Having witnessed the passion and enthusiasm of the new members first hand, the views of young people in Essex are in safe hands.”
YEA Sitting Report 7 and 8 February 2015
If you have any questions about the YEA, or are interested in getting involved, please email firstname.lastname@example.org
or contact us at:
YEA Young Essex Assembly
Community Involvement and Engagement Team
Essex County Council
P.O Box 11
E1, County Hall
Chelmsford CM1 2BR