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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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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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Democracy Rising: Expanding Participatory Budgeting in the South

In a time when people’s trust in democracy is being deeply challenged, we are excited to be able to increase our work to support new participatory processes across the South. Southern communities are among the hardest hit with legislation aiming to limit democratic involvement, such as the restrictions on voter participation in North Carolina that…

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Low-income communities make decisions about federal funds

Participatory budgeting is a best practice in civic engagement used around the world for over 25 years to give communities real power over real money. In 2009, PB came to the U.S. with a very local budget in one ward in Chicago. Today, Oakland, California is changing the way participatory democracy can work in the…

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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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One Big Art Project

Residents of Collinwood, OH gathered to show their combined love for the arts and democracy at the “Democracy on the Move Parade”. Floats, costumes and music were the center of attention at the parade that celebrated the Ballot Box Project kickoff. “Ohio’s first PB experience…” was funded by ArtPlace America with a grant of $120,000…

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Making PB more Inclusive: Lessons from Long Beach

University student at California State University in Long Beach, Jessica Bracho has participated as a budget facilitator for PB Long Beach. Studying Sociology, she worked closely with PB researcher Professor Gary Hytrek who sparked her interest in community development. Jessica shares the valuable lessons learned in making PB inclusive and a great experience for all…

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Researcher blog series with Thea Crum from PB Chicago!

We are lucky to work closely with an incredible network of PB researchers and research teams in North America. We’ve decided to launch a PB Research blog series, so that our readers and supporters can learn more about what’s happening in the world of PB research! First up –  Thea Crum, Director of the Neighborhoods Initiative at…

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Temporary Position Opening: Curriculum Documentation Contractor [BOSTON]

Youth Lead the Change Curriculum Documentation: February-June 2015 Join a Growing Movement to Reinvent Democracy! The contractor will work in Boston, MA to help document the PB curriculum implemented in city’s participatory budgeting process.   About the Project The Participatory Budgeting Project, Inc. (PBP) is a non-profit organization based in New York City. Our mission…

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