What is Participatory Budgeting?
Participatory Budgeting (PB) is a democratic process where community members decide how to spend part of a public budget. PB gives communities real power over real money.
PB started in Porto Alegre, Brazil as an anti-poverty measure, and has since spread to over 7,000 cities around the world. PB has been used to spend state, county, and city budgets, as well as those of schools, housing authorities, and other public institutions.
Young people vote and decide on how to spend $100,000 to address their needs in this moment.
The Civic Engagement Commission (CEC) is running a participatory budgeting process designed by youth, for youth, in partnership with the Coro New York Leadership Center PB Youth Fellowship Program. The goal of the project is to engage and empower young people to decide how to spend $100,000 of expense funding on projects that meet their needs, address their interests, and strengthen youth engagement across the city.
Youth provider organizations will be invited to submit proposals that directly address the ideas and needs youth identify in the first stage of the project. Youth votes will determine the projects awarded.
If you are a young person between the ages of 9-24, you are eligible to participate by submitting ideas and voting on projects that quality for an award. Click the Join the Project button below to learn more !
If you are an organization serving young people in the following communities (insert link), you can submit a proposal for up to 20K in funding. For more information on project and organizational eligibility requirements, click the Join the Project button below to learn more!