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. It will give young people in the area the opportunity to have their voices heard and influence GMCA policy and decision making.
The YCA will undertake specific pieces of work, and develop real policies that will improve the lives of young people. One of their 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 will also advise the Mayor and GMCA on key issues affecting young people, and scrutinise the work of Greater Manchester’s leaders.
Membership of the YCA will comprise of 40 young people aged between 11 and 18 (or up to 25 for those with additional needs). It will be gender-balanced, and geographically representative. Half the members will come from Greater Manchester’s youth councils, and the other half from other youth organisations. A number of working groups will also be formed to bring policies to life, and their membership will be opened up so many more young people can get involved in the issues they are interested in. Each member will serve for up to two years.
Applications for joining the YCA closed on Monday 29th January 2018.