Youth

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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Call for proposals: PB Conference 2016

DEADLINE FOR PROPOSALS: December 18, 2015 www.pbconference.org | conference@participatorybudgeting.org | www.pbconference.org/submit   4th International Conference on Participatory Budgeting in North America Presented by the Participatory Budgeting Project (PBP) in partnership with the City of Boston.     May 20-22, 2016 Boston, MA   In cities across North America, budget crises are leading to painful cuts in public…

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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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