The Young Essex Assembly (YEA) is the elected youth council for Essex.
It's made up of 75 young people from Essex aged between 11 and 19 who have been elected to represent young people in the county and campaign to make a positive difference to their lives. As part of the YEA members will be listened to by the county council, the local council and by other groups working with or for young people.
How the YEA works
The 75 members of the YEA are elected by young people for a period of two years. The last election was held at the end of 2012. The current YEA started in February 2013 and will finish in 2015.
The assembly meets six times a year at what are called 'sittings'. Each member is part of a smaller group which works to make life better for young people in Essex. The YEA is currently working to tackle:
- Crime and feeling safe
- Drugs and alcohol
- Schools, education and exam stress
If you have any questions about the YEA, or are interested in getting involved, please email firstname.lastname@example.org
or call 01206 762 923.