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Youth Lead the Change

In January 2014, the City of Boston launched a groundbreaking participatory budgeting (PB) process to engage Boston youth in directly deciding how to spend $1 million of the city’s capital budget. Through participatory budgeting, young Bostonians will identify projects to improve their communities, vet those projects, consider trade-offs, and vote on how to spend the $1 million.

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    Mayor's Youth Council

    The Mayor's Youth Council provides Boston's young people with an active role in addressing youth issues. High school juniors and seniors are selected to serve as volunteer representatives of every neighborhood in the city.

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    Boston Centers for Youth & Families

    The Boston Centers for Youth & Families offers many types of programs including: aquatics, summer camp, Camp Joy (special needs camp for children and adults,) childcare, GED testing, adult education, Computer Learning Centers, recreation, sports and fitness leagues and much more.

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    Participatory Budgeting Project

    The Participatory Budgeting Project (PBP) is a non-profit organization that helps communities decide how to spend public money, primarily in the US and Canada. Their mission is to empower community members to make informed, democratic, and fair decisions about public spending and revenue. We pursue this goal by working with governments and organizations to develop participatory budgeting processes, in which local people directly decide how to spend part of a public budget.

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