About the Youth Combined Authority
In his manifesto, the Mayor pledged to create a ‘gender-balanced Youth Combined Authority, representative of all the boroughs of Greater Manchester and reflecting its full diversity.’
At the Combined Authority meeting in September 2017, the Greater Manchester Youth Combined Authority (YCA) was approved by council leaders – the first of its kind in the country. The YCA held their first meeting in February 2018. The aim of the YCA is to give young people in Greater Manchester the opportunity to have their voices heard and influence GMCA policy and decision making.
The YCA undertakes specific pieces of work, and develops real policies that improve the lives of young people. One of its first roles will be to implement the Mayor’s plans for a Curriculum for Life, as well as an ‘opportunity pass’ which will open up access to transport, leisure, sporting and cultural activities, as well as work placements and apprenticeships. The YCA also advises the Mayor and GMCA on key issues affecting young people, and scrutinises the work of Greater Manchester’s leaders.
Membership of the Youth Combined Authority
Membership of the Youth Combined Authority comprises of 40 young people aged between 11 and 18 (or up to 25 for those with additional needs). Each member serves for up to two years. The 40 members of the YCA represent 20 youth groups across Greater Manchester. Half the members come from Greater Manchester’s youth councils, and the other half from other youth organisations. These are as follows:
- Bolton Youth Council
- Bury Youth Council
- Manchester Youth Council
- Oldham Youth Council
- Rochdale Youth Council
- Salford Youth Council
- Stockport Youth Council
- Tameside Youth Council
- Trafford Youth Council
- Wigan Youth Council
- 42 Street
- Bolton Lads and Girls Club
- Gorse Hill Studios
- Greater Manchester Fire and Rescue Service
- Greater Manchester Youth Network
- One Manchester
- Proud Trust
- Water Adventure Centre
The Youth Combined Authority also consists of a number of Working Groups, which have been established to bring particular projects to life. The Working Groups are open to anyone aged 11-18 (or up to 25 for those with additional needs) from Greater Manchester. The Working Groups tend to meet monthly in Manchester city centre. Currently there are two Working Groups which focus on:
- Curriculum for Life
We are always looking for interested young people to join the Working Groups. More information about can be found in these frequently asked questions. If you are interested please email email@example.com.
Keeping in touch with the Youth Combined Authority
We publish agendas and meeting papers in advance so you can tell us what you think. We also feature news on the goings on with the YCA, live coverage of meetings, and how you can have your say on topics that matter!
Xplode Magazine also features news about the YCA in their magazine, written by our members. The magazine can be found online, or in a variety of youth centres across Bolton and Bury.
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