Greater Manchester Combined Youth Authority

Greater Manchester Combined Youth Authority

The GMYCA is a group of diverse young people from 21 youth organisations across Greater Manchester, who help inform the Combined Authority about issues that are important to young people. Organisations represented include uniformed services, youth councils and specialist youth projects such as The Proud Trust and the Rio Ferdinand Project.

The group is co-produced by the youth leadership team which includes a chair, a digital lead, a communication lead and an inclusivity lead all working together to ensure the project makes a huge impact for young people from across Greater Manchester.

The YCA consult on policies, hold decision makers to account and meet regularly with the GM Mayor.

The GMYCA has been involved in some life changing initiatives across GM including the creation of the Our Pass scheme - which enabled young people aged 16- 18 across Greater Manchester to travel for free. Co-producing a Green Summit in 2020, and more recently scrutinising the Police in Schools policy.

In January 2020, upon arrival at the GMYCA I felt nervous about what it would be like, however I was warmly welcomed and have enjoyed being a member ever since!

The YCA has provided me with endless opportunities to use my voice as a young person. This has boosted my confidence level and built my ability to make meaningful connections with different groups of people in Greater Manchester. Becoming the inclusivity lead of the YCA has been an honour and an amazing learning experience; from leading icebreakers, engaging in discussions with the Mayor, to speaking with other youth organisations- it has truly taught me that I can be impactful and so can you! It only takes you to realise the power that your voice carries.

Shekinnah - GMYCA Member

For more information on the GMYCA.

If you would like to see who the members of Greater Manchester Combined Youth Authority are take a look at our infographic.

GMYN Membership