PB Stories

Building Community and Student Power in Public Universities

Urban public universities are difficult places to find community. In what are largely “commuter schools”, students have less opportunities to connect on a daily basis. Many students balance coursework, family commitments, and multiple jobs. It’s easy for campus life to fall by the wayside.  In the face of this, Participatory Budgeting (PB) is a vital…

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Participatory Budgeting for Businesses: It Justworks

Last April, Isaac Oates was leaving his local library when a stranger asked him to vote. At first he politely declined, but when the volunteer said it was about the budget and would just take a minute, Isaac took a ballot, and learned about participatory budgeting (PB). Six months later, Oates was leading a PB…

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Don’t miss this opportunity TODAY to build REAL Democracy

Happy #GivingTuesday! On this international day of giving, we’re launching our Democracy Made by You Campaign to raise $30,000 to expand participatory budgeting (PB). Your gift to PBP can be doubled today! – Here’s how: PBP is a Spark Prize finalist! If we raise $7,500 today, we’ll receive a $7,500 match. If you’re ready to…

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Meet Hui Zhen Li – and celebrate with her on June 1st

Have you met Hui Zhen Li, a 90-year-old community leader in Oakland? We’re celebrating her amazing work as a PB leader with Asian Pacific Environmental Network (APEN) at our June 1st Oakland PBParty Benefit! As this summer marks five years of participatory budgeting (PB) in California, now is the time to get your tickets to…

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What happens when students lead PB?

Impacts, outcomes, and winning projects shine in Phoenix “Let’s rock and roll!” shouted Christopher Oglesby, Assistant Principal at Carl Hayden Community High School, to a team huddle of 30 spirited students. The group dispersed in all directions, and prepared to welcome over 1,500 student voters to the gym. This team of student leaders—along with school…

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Meet Chicko – and celebrate with him on April 20th

Have you met Chicko? We’re celebrating his amazing work as a youth organizer with Red Hook Initiative at our April 20th NYC PBParty Benefit! As PB vote week in NYC wraps up this week (Go Vote!), now is the time to get your tickets to the #PBParty, and to meet Chicko: After moving to Red…

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Why we need participatory budgeting now

Is this the best we can do? A democracy where key decisions about our schools, immigration, and health are made without those who are most impacted? We urgently need to defend our neighbors whose lives are threatened by government policy. At the same time, we need to fix the broken democracy that leads to these…

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Meet Ashley: lover of cats, urban farms, and PBP.

PBP’s work to transform democracy is only made possible by the commitment and generosity of our donors. Our donors sustain our work and our spirits – they are fantastic, unique, and passionate people, and it’s about time that you met them! This month, the spotlight is on one of our youngest and most awesome supporters,…

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Vanessa Acheampong-Tieku

A member of the New York City Youth Council (NYCYC), Vanessa Acheampong-Tieku hails from District 16 and is thankful for the opportunities to work with a variety of people and see different perspectives during her time with the program. The NYCYC is a partnership between the New York City Council and Coro New York Leadership…

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