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How will you use your voice to make change happen in your community?

Join GM100

2048 will mark 100 years since a team at the University of Manchester developed "The Baby", the world's first modern computer. It was a moment of innovation that has defined the lives not only of their generation but of every generation after them – how will you shape your community's future?

GM100 convenes a diverse group of leaders, aged 18-25, from across Greater Manchester to address the question: "What will the legacy of our generation be?" Because after all, they are the generation who will shape Greater Manchester ahead.

GM100 is part of Legacy; a global campaign by Common Purpose, which invests in young people across the world so they can become a connected generation of leaders with a clear vision for what their legacy will be. Click here to see other legacy programmes around the world.

By doing GM100 you will:

  • Learn skills and tools to practice leadership in your own context including team building, problem solving and communications
  • Build connections with your peers and established leaders from across Greater Manchester
  • Earn a micro-credential
  • Have the opportunity to receive free, personalized leadership coaching sessions

If you're a young leader aged 18-25 from Greater Manchester, apply for this free online programme here!

Dr Julian Skyrme , Director of Social Responsibility, The University of Manchester

"We're delighted to support the Legacy programme in Greater Manchester. As future leaders, this programme offers our students a fantastic opportunity to network with others, think big and consider how they can address the most significant social and environmental challenges facing our world."

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Why take part?

GM100 is your opportunity to come together as a generation and think through what your generation's legacy will be. As part of a highly diverse group of peers, you will tackle real social challenges facing Greater Manchester.

What is the application process?

The application process for GM100 involves answering a question which reflects your passion for leadership and your community. The question can be answered by whichever means feels most comfortable to you, be it written, video submission, a piece of artwork, song or photograph – however you best feel you can express your desire to take responsibility for the legacy of Greater Manchester.

What happens on GM100?

You'll join a group of c100 people in Greater Manchester to tackle a pressing challenge your area faces. This year's challenge is: How can we act together to transform Greater Manchester into a cleaner, greener place for all?

You'll come together online to investigate issues, collaborate, hold difficult conversations and work up ideas. You’ll test, refine and present your ideas to leaders in Greater Manchester.

GM100 is intergenerational, giving you the opportunity to work with 30-50 established leaders from across Greater Manchester, who act as group advisors, speakers and immersion hosts. The established leaders benefit from seeing the world through your eyes – the next generation.


When? 18-20 July, 2023

Who can apply? Young leaders aged 18-25 living, working or studying in Greater Manchester

How much does it cost? GM100 is free.