This year I want to celebrate my 32nd birthday by making an impact and I invite my friends, family and community to join me.  Instead of presents this year, join me in giving the gift of democracy. I’d like to raise at least $2,000 to sponsor 2 young people to serve on PBP’s boards to re-vive democracy.  These young people will have an opportunity to share their expertise, learn about strategies to spread REAL democracy, and provide their expertise to change the world.

Stephen Lafume left in photo at Youth Lead the Change meeting in Boston, Massachusetts

Youth Lead the Change meeting in Boston, Massachusetts

I worked in youth development in Boston for over a decade. Today I continue to challenge people across the nation as Co-Executive Director of Participatory Budgeting Project to stop thinking of young people as future leaders and empower them as the leaders that they are - right now.

The Participatory Budgeting Project has been featured in publications like TIME4Kids and Organizing Engagement to influence best practices on strategies for inclusion, democracy and empowering community members.

I believe that people have power and that there is a future for transparent and inclusive government where all people have a voice.

The Participatory Budgeting Project is creating a real avenue for change, awareness and innovation.

Join me in growing this effort and empowering young people to be a part of this change.


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About Shari Davis

Shari oversees PBP's advocacy work, technical assistance, and operations. She joined PBP staff after nearly 15 years of service and leadership in local government. As Director of Youth Engagement and Employment for the City of Boston she launched Youth Lead the Change, the first youth participatory budgeting process in the US, which won the US Conference of Mayors’ City Livability Award. Shari first got involved in city government in high school, serving as the Citywide Neighborhood Safety Coordinator on the Boston Mayor’s Youth Council and working at the Mayor’s Youthline. Shari is a graduate of Boston University’s Sargent College for Health and Rehabilitation Sciences and holds a master’s degree in anatomy and physiology.