Greater Manchester Combined Youth Authority


Are you a young person in Greater Manchester? Do you have a passion for social change and do you want to influence the decision-making process in the city-region? If so, applications to join the Greater Manchester Youth Combined Authority (GMYCA) are now open and youth organisations are encouraged to apply!


In its first three years, GMYCA members have provided a powerful and influential voice for young people across the city-region, contributing to the development of policies, strategies and decisions on a number of issues.

Its purpose is to:

  • 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 (previous examples include developing a free bus travel card for young people named Our Pass, and contributing youth voices to the Greater Manchester’s annual Climate Change Summits)

To find out more, including a list of the current membership, download the recruitment pack here:

GMYCA pack

Who can apply?

  • Organisations that work with young people aged between 11 and 18 (or up to 25 for those with additional needs)
  • Who represent a diverse range of identities and backgrounds
  • Work within Greater Manchester


Member organisations serve a two-year term which will begin in April 2022 through to March 2024.

Meetings are held monthly, on the second Thursday of every month.


To apply, complete the application form here by 5pm on Friday 21 January 2022. Preview a PDF version of the application here.

For more information, please email

GMYCA has provided me with endless opportunities to use my voice as a young person. This has boosted my confidence levels and built my ability to make meaningful connections with different groups of people in Greater Manchester. Becoming the Inclusivity Lead of the GMYCA 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 Wilberforce, Inclusivity Lead for the GMYCA Leadership Team

Greater Manchester Youth Combined Authority is part of my commitment to improving opportunities for young people across our city-region, helping to make Greater Manchester one of the best places to grow up and get on.

GMYCA gives our young people a voice and, along with our six other equality panels, it is placed at the heart of decision-making in Greater Manchester.

They’ve done a fantastic job and have made a real difference, whether it’s been developing Our Pass or joining me at our Green Summit conferences. We are now looking for new members and this is your chance to get involved and help direct Greater Manchester’s future.

Mayor of Greater Manchester, Andy Burnham

Find out more about GMYCA here.