Posts by Ashley Brennan

School engagement that’s almost too good to be true

Last year, we shared the very wonderful story of how Participatory Budgeting (PB) was introduced at P.S. 139, a local elementary school in Brooklyn where Miro (the son of our co-Executive Director Josh Lerner) goes to school.  PB addressed a sincere need at P.S. 139: a need to connect with families at a school of nearly…

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Building Participatory Democracy at International Conference

Seventeen-year-old Participatory Budgeting Youth Fellow Jacinta Ojevwe stood before an international audience at our Innovations in Participatory Democracy Conference and said, “To breathe life into this revolution, young people must be involved. That means we have to go to where young people are” just before she declared: “I am not just here for this conference,…

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BIG News for PB in Schools – and a BIG invitation!

Did you hear? Just this week Mayor Bill de Blasio announced the launch of Participatory Budgeting (PB) in all public high schools in New York City! That’s over 400 schools in total! In his State of the City address, Mayor de Blasio emphasized: “We’ve got to prove to our young people that they’ve got the…

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Register Now – Upcoming PB trainings filling up fast!

Are you ready to break the cycle of cynicism that makes participation in democracy feel meaningless? We have two new opportunities for you to learn how to launch and improve PB in your community – two trainings taking place 9am – 5pm on Wednesday, March 7th, the day before our Innovations in Participatory Democracy Conference.…

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School PB Webinar Wrap-Up: Let’s bring this to your community!

Thanks for joining our webinar on PB in Schools! From the diverse perspectives of an administrator, a teacher, and four students, we learned PB develops student leadership, builds new relationships among students, and develops concrete skills that students will take into college and the workplace. We heard that empowering students with a say in school decision-making…

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Participatory Budgeting in Schools: Stories from the Field

Free WebinarDATE: Thursday, January 18thTIME: 4pm – 5pm EST | 1pm – 2pm PST Register Join the Participatory Budgeting Project (PBP) and the Phoenix Union High School District (PUHSD) to see how students, teachers, administrators, and parents are improving schools and magnifying student voice through participatory budgeting (PB). Our free webinar will feature PUHSD Student Support…

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An Innovations in Participatory Democracy Conference Treat!

This isn’t a trick; it’s a treat! We’re extending our call for proposals for the Innovations in Participatory Democracy Conference, and want to hear from you! Submit your proposal by December 1st to share your work with an international audience of more than 250 community leaders, government officials and staff, practitioners, researchers, funders, young leaders,…

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Building Innovative Networks for Reimagining Democracy

As we kicked off Summer 2017, we asked if you wanted your participatory budgeting process to be more equitable and effective. We followed up by inviting you to join us for our North American PB Network Summer Implementation Institute – where we partnered with experts to strengthen four key parts of the PB process together. Today,…

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