Aubrey Trinnaman for The New York Times

Take a sneak peak into PBP Co-ED Shari Davis feature in the New York Times' Visionaries series:

"Q: What’s the problem participatory budgeting solves?

Shari: How are budgets typically made? A guy or a group of guys makes some guesses based on last year’s budget, and that’s it — that’s the budget. The money generally goes to big police budgets, or to a narrow view of what our schools need, or what education support looks like. Where it’s not going is social services, or expanded opportunities for social work, or mutual aid spaces. It’s not going into dedicated programming for Black, brown and trans youth.

That’s not a good or inclusive process. Community spending priorities don’t get heard. People then get disillusioned, and eventually we see this narrative that they’re apathetic. That’s not it at all. It’s that their engagement is inauthentic.

Studies have found young people are more likely to vote in local and national elections after they were involved in P.B., more likely to walk into a city-owned building, more likely to consider going into politics, more likely to speak to a public official, more likely to volunteer and more confident in their skills."

Tap in to the full article at the NY Times for more insights, to learn about the visionary team, and for a bit of Batman and martial arts... trust us!