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Want to Improve Education? Empower the Students.

Top 5 reasons Participatory Budgeting improves students’ education. By: Shari Davis and Dylan Welch Autumn is here — and with it, a renewed conversation about how educators, parents, and communities improve their students’ education. Often in this discussion, solutions come down from on high through public officials or people within the educational system. This fall, […]

School engagement that’s almost too good to be true

Last year, we shared the very wonderful story of how Participatory Budgeting (PB) was introduced at P.S. 139, a local elementary school in Brooklyn where Miro (the son of our co-Executive Director Josh Lerner) goes to school.  PB addressed a sincere need at P.S. 139: a need to connect with families at a school of nearly […]

Building Community and Student Power in Public Universities

Urban public universities are difficult places to find community. In what are largely “commuter schools”, students have less opportunities to connect on a daily basis. Many students balance coursework, family commitments, and multiple jobs. It’s easy for campus life to fall by the wayside.  In the face of this, Participatory Budgeting (PB) is a vital […]

BIG News for PB in Schools – and a BIG invitation!

Did you hear? Just this week Mayor Bill de Blasio announced the launch of Participatory Budgeting (PB) in all public high schools in New York City! That’s over 400 schools in total! In his State of the City address, Mayor de Blasio emphasized: “We’ve got to prove to our young people that they’ve got the […]

Mayor Launches Participatory Budgeting in All NYC High Schools

Following years of work by the Participatory Budgeting Project (PBP) and partners, New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio announced in his State of the City address on February 13th that he is launching participatory budgeting (PB) in all of the city’s public high schools (there are over 400 total). The City will give every […]

Our top victories for democracy in 2017

As we reflect on 2017 and many challenges this year, we find hope in the thousands of people like you building real democracy through participatory budgeting (PB). We’re excited to continue pushing forward, and to share some of the year’s top victories at the Participatory Budgeting Project (PBP). What we did: We expanded PB to […]

Here’s how YOU can SPARK Change in our Democracy this #GivingTuesday

Gratitude is more than just a 9 letter word. It is a word that deeply resonates with our PBP Team as we think about real democracy builders, like you, who helped us expand and deepen PB across North America in 2017. On Giving Tuesday, November 28th, an international day of giving, PBP is launching our […]

Youth Scholarships for the Innovations in Participatory Democracy Conference

As we question many aspects of democracy, we can be sure about one thing: Young people are transforming what it means to show up and participate. And, beyond participating – young people are leading initiatives like Action Civics and Participatory Budgeting (PB) to create real change in their communities. In NYC, Coro PB Youth Fellows […]

PBP News: International Conference, Trainings, Youth Leaders, and Scaling Up

Get these updates in your inbox: Sign up for our newsletter Join us at our 2018 conference We are proud to partner with a team of civic innovators to present the Innovations in Participatory Democracy Conference on March 8-10, 2018 in Phoenix, AZ. The conference will bring together more than 250 community leaders, government officials and […]

Welcome back-to-school-PB!

Today’s lesson: How to learn democracy by doing democracy As schools reconvene from summer break, more and more are empowering students to directly decide how to spend a portion of their school budget through participatory budgeting (PB). One of the best ways to teach democracy is by doing real democracy; PB in schools does exactly […]