Hello, my name is Zoe, I am 18 years old and I’ve been a member of the Young Essex Assembly for 4 years.
I got involved with the YEA through a youth group I was a part of at the time. Before I joined I didn’t know what the YEA was about and I hadn’t heard about it before. When I joined, I wanted to get involved with helping make decisions that affected me and other young people my age, living in Essex.
During my time at the YEA:
- I’ve made speeches at youth conferences including the European Union
- I have been able to talk to young people in their local area and discuss issues that are affecting them.
- I was also involved in shaping the new CAMHS (Children and Mental Health Service), designed by young people for young people. Through the YEA I was also awarded a Jack Petchey for outstanding commitment.
The YEA needs commitment and patience when it comes to things you care about. If you want to make a difference in your area, especially across Essex then the YEA is where you need to be.
You can’t have your say if you’re not involved.