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About us

The Young Essex Assembly (YEA) is the elected youth council for Essex and is supported by Essex Youth Service. There are 75 YEA members, representing all districts across Essex, who decide on the priorities for young people and campaign to make a positive difference.

Elections will be held in the autumn term of 2018 and you can find out how to apply to stand for election.  The deadline for applications is October 2018.

How we work

As a member of the YEA you will have the opportunity to be heard by members of the Essex County Council and other youth groups working to improve the life of youth in Essex to make important decisions.

The members of the Young Essex Assembly meet once every month with an exception of summer holiday months. We call these Sittings. Each member is also asked to take part in another group, which makes up separate parts of the YEA. We call these working groups.

All Sittings will be held within the county and will often take place on a Saturday or on a day during the schools holidays. Smaller meetings, which involve the working groups,may take place on a day during the school days.

Each working group will feed back to the main Assembly. To find out what issues youth are facing we ask people to take part in a survey while they are voting for the YEA. Twelve members of the YEA are also the Essex representatives on the UK Youth Parliament.