Greater Manchester Youth Combined Authority
The Greater Manchester Youth Combined Authority (GMYCA) is a collaborative project which has brought together a wide range of youth-focused organisations and individuals from across the city-region that started life as the Greater Manchester Youth Assembly (GMYA). The GMYA was initiated by young people and supported by all 10 Youth councils in Greater Manchester. It reflects the significant amount of work undertaken by these groups in developing youth voice, representation, and advocacy through the co-production of a range of initiatives in response to the Northern Powerhouse and regional devolution agendas.
In July 2015 young representatives from 10 youth councils located in Greater Manchester identified the collective need to respond to the emerging regional devolution agenda. They called a meeting of the Greater Manchester youth councils to discuss the formation of a GMYA. Over the past two and half years, youth councillors have worked in groups to identify how it should be organised and what its purpose might be. They have presented their ideas to each other and to young people from schools, colleges, and other youth representative groups across the region including 42nd Street, the Greater Manchester Youth Network, the Proud Trust, Oxfam, the Youth Charter, and Reclaim. They ran a successful youth hustings during the 2017 mayoral campaign. They have also engaged with politicians, youth workers, academics, and civil society leaders to share their ideas and seek advice and support. Finally, they have worked with Dr Andrew Mycock, a Manchester-based youth citizenship expert based at the University of Huddersfield, in finalising their plans for the GMYA.
At the September 2017 meeting of the Greater Manchester Combined Authority it was agreed that a Youth Combined Authority would be formed which will:
- Advise the Mayor and GMCA on key issues and concerns of young people, and provide solutions;
- Provide a critical voice and scrutinise the work of the Mayor and GMCA;
- Undertake specific pieces of work, e.g. develop the Opportunity Pass, Curriculum for Life, etc.
Greater Manchester’s Youth Combined Authority will be the first of its kind in the country, and we want to ensure that it is an inclusive body, with diverse membership, and consists of members who are able to represent a significant number of other young people.
The Youth Combined Authority’s membership will consist of 40 young people: 20 representatives from local authority youth councils and 20 from other youth organisations. Each member will serve for up to two years.
For further information contact Liz Harding.