2018 was a big year for participatory budgeting (PB), thanks to you! Looking back on our year in social media, we won great victories that make us optimistic going into 2019. Check out the highlights below, then make an end of year donation to support more victories in 2019!

1. De Blasio Announces Launch of PB in Schools 

In February, New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio announced that participatory budgeting (PB) would be implemented in all of the city’s 400+ public high schools. This is the result of years of advocacy, supported by you.

2. Inspiring Youth Leaders - Jacinta Ojevwe

Following up from our PB in Schools wins, it was especially inspiring to hear from the folks impacted by that change: young people. Coro Fellow, Jacinta Ojevwe, gave an amazing speech at the opening of the Innovations in Participatory Democracy (IPD) Conference. She called for those who care about democracy to center the involvement of young people, the next generation.

3. 100,000 Turn Out for PBNYC Vote Week

In April, we got out the vote for PB in New York City (PBNYC) for the seventh year. In 2018 alone, because of the support of people like you, almost 100,000 New Yorkers voted, deciding nearly $37 million in public funds. Check out the results here.

4. Supporting Arizona Teachers

We met with steering committees from each of the 10 public high schools in Phoenix that led PB in the 2017-18 school year. The teachers here participated in a celebration and evaluation of the year, just before beginning their #RedforEDstrike to demand better working and learning conditions for the entire school community. When you support PB, you’re supporting student and teacher leaders!

5. Victory for New York Citywide Participatory Budgeting - #YesYesYes

On Election Day in November, we won the #YesYesYes campaign to pass all three NYC Charter amendments. Question #2 will create a Civic Engagement Commission, which will implement PB city-wide. PB went from a small, voluntary experiment, to a charter-mandated program in all 5 boroughs. You’ve made this victory possible - thank you for stepping up!

6. The Atlantic: PB is a Gateway Drug for Democracy

Only two days after the citywide PB victory, The Atlantic featured Public Money, a beautiful documentary about PBNYC. If you haven’t seen it yet, check it out! If you have, share it if you haven’t already.

As PB grows and we carry momentum into the New Year, we’re looking forward to even more media coverage, and even more support. Help us keep growing this momentum; let’s make 2019 even greater.