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 power to change the world around them. When people feel empowered they participate. When they can see the impact they’re making they come back for more. So starting next school year public school students will learn how to stay civically engaged and to fight for the future they believe in with our Civics for All initiative.”
At the Participatory Budgeting Project (PBP), we’re fighting for this future alongside young leaders like Jacinta Ojevwe and Vanessa Gonzalez – two of our youth scholarship recipients for the Innovations in Participatory Democracy Conference.
To continue growing this work, we’re hosting many conference sessions on how to engage, support, and empower youth leadership in reimagining democracy. I’m especially excited to open our conference at Phoenix’s Central High School during their PB vote – where we’ll hear from students and teachers and see nearly 3,000 students cast their ballots on how to spend part of the school district budget.
We’re eager to continue scaling and deepening the impacts of PB because, as Mayor de Blasio said:
“We know that when students feel that opportunity to make a difference it will be the beginning of a long lifetime of participation.”
Will you join us in empowering even more young leaders, and celebrating with them at our Innovations in Participatory Democracy Conference?
For a preview of the PB vote in Phoenix, see (and share!) our PB in Schools Video.
Hope to see you there!