Youth

Engaging Youth and Developing PB Curriculum: Steven Serling’s PB Story

  High-school Social Studies teacher Steven Serling knows what democratic engagement can do for young people. A advocate of learning-by-doing, Mr. Serling emphasizes the way in which youth participation in PB encourages young people to become engaged citizens, effective communicators, and thoughtful decision makers.   Unsurprisingly, Mr. Serling has been nominated for a hometown hero…

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8th Grader Lands $225K for NYC School: An Inspiring Story of Facilitation and Youth in the Civic Process

Yup, you read that correctly! Maximillian Viking Drury, a 13-year-old from Brooklyn, successfully persuaded voters to fund a PB initiative that will put $225,000 toward improving his sister’s school! The young Brooklynite is one of many youths who are inspired by the opportunity to have real power over their community’s decision making processes. Having caught…

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A Young Agent For Change: Stephen Lafume’s PB Story

  It is not everyday that a 16-year-old gets to help decide how his city should spend $1 million dollars. Isabel Luciano, our East Coast Program Assistant, recently interviewed Stephen Lafume, who worked as a change leader on Boston’s Youth Lead the Change Council. Just a few weeks ago, thousands of young residents of Boston voted on…

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Democratizing Schools with Participatory Budgeting (June 4th Webinar)

WEBINAR: Democratizing Schools with Participatory Budgeting Date: Thursday, June 4, 2015 Time: 11am – 12pm (PST) Download the webinar slides [PDF]   Schools and school districts operate large and complex budgets – often with minimal participation from the community members and youth they work to serve. But it doesn’t have to be this way! Join…

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Learning Democracy by Doing – Participatory Budgeting in Schools

With the amount of time students spend in school, nearly 1000 hours per year, it’s surprising how little say they have in their schools’ priorities. What if a school gave its students more choice in their education? What if it gave young people the ability to make collective decisions, while promoting youth leadership and teamwork?…

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The City of Boston and PBP Make History!

In June, 1700 Boston youth, ages 12-25, made their voices heard by voting in the first ever youth-driven participatory budgeting process in the U.S. We were thrilled to partner with the City of Boston and dozens of local youth-serving organizations to launch this groundbreaking initiative called Youth Lead the Change, in which young Bostonians decided…

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Rose & Mariah

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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Empowering Youth through Participatory Budgeting (Jan. 10th Conference Call)

Join PBP this Friday, January 10th for a conference call discussion about engaging and empowering young people in participatory budgeting. See below for more info! Date: Friday, January 10, 2013 Time: 1:00 p.m EST / 10:00 a.m. PST Over the last year, The Participatory Budgeting Project and other PB organizers have developed diverse new experiences…

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