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 are engaging young people in their districts in PBNYC to decide how to spend more than $30,000,000.
  • In Chicago, Mikva youth in the Public Schools Student Advisory Council are collaborating with their Chief Education Officer to shape a vision for Chicago Public Schools.
  • In Austin, middle school students are deliberating across different perspectives to select a focus issue to address in their community with Generation Citizen.
  • In Philadelphia and Phoenix, high school students are deciding how to spend part of their school budget through PB in Schools.


Students at First Philadelphia Preparatory Charter School are leading Participatory Budgeting just wrapped up voting to decide how to spend a portion of their school budget!

We can’t hold this conference without young people.

We’re working to raise at least $15,000 to bring young experts to the Innovations in Participatory Democracy Conference.

To apply for a Youth Leader Scholarship, young people between the ages of 14 and 25 should complete this survey by December 31st. We’ll begin contacting recipients in mid-January 2018.

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PS. Join us on Facebook @ParticipatoryBudgetingProject next Tuesday, Nov. 28th, for a LIVE stream event with Shari Davis and guests sharing more stories about youth power in participatory democracy.