PB Stories

Welcome back-to-school-PB!

Today’s lesson: How to learn democracy by doing democracy As schools reconvene from summer break, more and more are empowering students to directly decide how to spend a portion of their school budget through participatory budgeting (PB). One of the best ways to teach democracy is by doing real democracy; PB in schools does exactly…

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PB for Sustainable Development

Earlier in June, we were invited to attend the UN Public Service Forum in The Hague, Netherlands to do a presentation in the forum’s track dedicated to sharing innovative practices around building inclusive, safe, resilient and sustainable cities. Cities are especially tasked with pioneering sustainability measures because 70% of the world’s population will live in…

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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 HUD budgets are vital to rebuilding trust in government

Students vote in PB

What do youth apprenticeship programs, safe routes to schools, and mobile showers for the homeless community have in common? They all make communities more resilient, more equitable, and more sustainable. They are all eligible to be funded by Community Development Block Grants (CDGB). And they are just some of the many projects directly decided by…

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Make a plan to vote (and volunteer) in PBNYC!

  At a time when so many of our rights and our neighbors are under attack, I’m writing to ask you to join me in building political power for immigrants, young people, and all of us. At the end of March, NY City Council will invite residents age 14+ (regardless of citizenship or immigration status)…

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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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