BUDDING politicians in the West Midlands are being offered the opportunity to have their say on policy and make change in their region.
The Young Combined Authority (YCA) is preparing for relaunch in 2024 and it is on the look out for 11-18 year olds to take part and help shape the future of the region.
THE YCA work with the Positive Youth Foundation (PYF) serving as a delivery partner to have their say on policies at the West Midlands Combined Authority (WMCA).
Since its establishment in 2019, the YCA has contributed to policy areas such as transport and cost of living, and engaged in initiatives such as Mental Health Commission and the Mental Health Youth Summit.
Talha Ikhlaq, a member of the YCA, said: “When it comes to mental health, we are a voice that recognises cultural and age disparity and we are a voice that understands that this sector needs to adapt to the problems young people now face, whether it be rising crime and cost of living or academic stress, social media influencers, climate change and Covid.”
The Mayor said: “It’s imperative that young people feel empowered to play a role in shaping our region, especially as the West Midlands is still one of the youngest and most diverse populations in the country.
“We must continue to address regional inequalities, fostering opportunity, and fortifying our community as we strive to boost our economy. The heart of these plans must involve young people, which is why I encourage many to embrace this challenge, engage with the YCA, and contribute to shaping the future of our region.”
Anyone aged 11-18 years old who lives in the West Midlands can join the YCA – including current members of youth councils, organisations, professional networks or individuals who are interested in influencing decisions in their region.
To join the YCA click here.