Process News

PB Chicago Kicks Off

April in Chicago has come to mean two things: the daily weather forecast is, “60 with a chance of snow,” and it’s time for residents to make their voices heard in the PB Chicago vote! You may read a lot about what’s happening with PB on the East and West Coast, but never forget that…

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College Students Learn Democracy through PB

All the buzz was around Queens College campus during the Participatory Budgeting 101 workshop. Over 25 students from at least 6 campuses attended and networked over complimentary bagels and coffee. Students were eager in learning how to gain decision-making power over spending $5,000 of the student government budget. The workshop engaged with student interests on…

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PBNYC Vote Week Kick-off

You’re invited to vote for a PBNYC project in your City Council district from March 26th-April 3rd! With 28 districts participating in the process, NYC has the largest city-wide PB process in North America. Last year, more than 51,000 New Yorkers voted in the 2014-2015 PBNYC cycle. This year’s PB citywide budget has reached over…

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Young Leaders in Harlem Shape their Community through PB

Brotherhood-SisterSol (Bro/Sis) is an organization passionate about youth empowerment through community engagement and education. At Bro/Sis young people become independent leaders by addressing local socio-economic issues in their community of West Harlem, where only 42% of youth graduate from high school. They work with young leaders through their afterschool program, rights of passage program, environmental…

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Environmental Justice takes root in PB Buffalo

PB Buffalo Kicks off with a conscious step to improve the environment and other community projects! PB Buffalo organizer and Community Coordinator at the Clean Air Coalition (CACWNY), Natasha Soto shares this amazingly informative narrative of Buffalo’s environmental campaign turned PB process! Natasha has been working with Clean Air since 2011 and has been involved…

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Youth PB with Judith Bourque: Dieppe, Canada

When we started working with the small town of Dieppe, Canada to help them launch their first participatory budgeting (PB) process they asked us about the lowest voting age we had ever seen. When we provide technical assistance it’s up to our partners to lead writing the rules and setting priorities for engagement. Dieppe made sure that young people were…

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New Faces at the PBNYC Budget Meeting in Queens, NY

There were many faces present at PBNYC’s Agency Briefing at the Queens Museum of Moving Images. People of all ages were ready to get some answers, asking questions about their ideas and how to effectively turn them into proposals to be voted on. This was part of the exciting development phase of the PB process,…

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PBNYC wins innovation award

We are very proud to be part of the team whose work on PBNYC was named winner of the Roy and Lila Ash Innovations Award for Public Engagement in Government! The award recognizes the incredible work undertaken by our partners at Community Voices Heard and other community organizations who made sure that residents in NYC…

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