“I’ve been managing millions since I was a teenager,” read the shirts of the young people who joined Boston Mayor Marty Walsh as he received the City Livability Award from the US Conference of Mayors this past weekend.
These young Bostonians took part in the city’s recent “Youth Lead the Change” PB process, which was organized by the Mayor and his youth council. A very successful process, residents ages 12 to 25 chose to fund four initiatives that focused on increasing the accessibility, health, and vitality of Boston. In other words, making the city more livable!
According to The U.S. Conference of Mayors, which chose Mayor Walsh out of a pool of 200 applicants, the award for “most livable city” recognizes “mayoral leadership in developing and implementing programs that improve the quality of life in America’s cities, focusing on the leadership, creativity, and innovation demonstrated by the mayors.”
“Think about the name of the award,” said Shari A. Davis, the Executive Director of Boston’s Department of Youth Engagement and Employment. “Think about livability, and how our residents are really taking ownership and shaping what livability means in the City of Boston.”
And nothing helps residents take ownership of their city and shape its degree of livability like PB! The awards that follow are really the icing on the cake!
This is the second year that Boston has undergone a PB process specifically for young people. Last year, the ballot brought out about 1,500 young voters, and this year, it brought out 2,500. Let’s make sure next year’s process an even bigger success!