Welcome to Young Manchester

Young Manchester is a membership organisation that exists to strengthen, connect and champion organisations and leaders of all ages who are working to improve life for children and young people in Manchester. We are committed to becoming a youth-led organisation, which means we want to put power in young people's hands - letting you shape the decisions we make and where money goes. We are here to support your ideas, and make sure your voice is heard. Find out how to get involved below.

What is an Ambassador?

Young Manchester recognises adults have been informing where money for young people is invested for a long time and it is time for young people to inform where money for young people should be invested! As an ambassador, you will be listened to. You will be given a platform to share your opinions and experiences. This means you will have a role in creating change in response to the issues you find in your communities.



  • Space to develop your personal and professional skills
  • Access to opportunities
  • Recognition for being a leader
  • Influence change to make Manchester better for children and young people
  • Support to make a positive difference in your community


      Applications for the Young Ambassador Programme are now open. To apply, please fill in this online application form or see here for more details.

      Ambassador Journey

      06 March 2019

      Sam and Liv kickstart the ambassador programme

      Sam and Liv kickstart the ambassador programme

      Two Young Project Coordinators present "Young People's role in Young Manchester" to the board. This is the beginning of the Ambassador programme.

      20 August 2019

      Young MCR X Big People Music

      Young MCR X Big People Music

      Young Manchester hosts a collaborative event with 'Big People Music' centred on young people influencing culture and society.

      10 September 2019

      Recruitment of 1st Cohort

      The programme recruits its first cohort of Young Ambassadors

      13 March 2020

      The pandemic put a pause on in-person work

      The arrival of COVID-19 and the lockdown meant the Ambassador programme moved online. The Project Coordinators continued to provide online support to Ambassadors throughout 2020.

      27 August 2020

      Ambassadors shape national funding

      Ambassadors shape national funding

      Young Ambassadors sat on the panel for the national fund Children in Need/Youth Futures Foundation: Inspiring Futures.

      02 October 2020

      Giving young people a seat at the table

      A Young Manchester young person spoke at the Racial Justice and Social Action, national funder event.

      A young person sat on the interview panel for the Young Manchester Board recruitment.

      02 November 2020

      The board welcomes new members

      Three young people are appointed to the Young Manchester board

      13 January 2021

      Recruitment of Ambassadors 2nd Cohort

      The Ambassador programme start recruiting a second cohort of Ambassadors.

      22 July 2021

      Our Ambassadors create their own branding

      Our Ambassadors create their own branding

      The Ambassadors have branding consultation with Northern Exposure to create a graphic and logo for the programme.

      20 September 2021

      Our Ambassadors decide where money in spent on Mental Health

      The Ambassadors sit on the Mental Health and Wellbeing Young People's panel and the second City of Social Action grants panel.

      15 October 2021

      Ambassadors x RECLAIM

      In collaboration with RECLAIM, Young Manchester puts on 'We the Change: a Night of Power'.

      18 November 2021

      City of Social Action Panel

      City of Social Action Panel

      The Ambassadors sit on the third City of Social Action Grants panel.

      14 February 2022 12:00pm

      Recruitment of 3rd Cohort of Ambassadors

      Recruitment opens for the third cohort of Young Ambassadors

      20 October 2022

      We the Change: A Night of Culture

      We the Change: A Night of Culture