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PBP Releases Guide for Participatory Budgeting in Schools

Ensuring that younger generations have opportunities to practice the skills they need to make decisions together about substantive issues is vital to maintaining a democratic society. So we are thrilled to share that the Participatory Budgeting Project – an NCDD member organization – has created a new tool to help schools everywhere give students that opportunity with its new PB in Schools Guide, which is designed to help educators collaboratively launch participatory budgeting processes in their classrooms and school buildings. Learn more in the PBP announcement below or find the original here.

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We all want young people to become civically engaged. This can start now, in school! PBP has developed a free Guide for you to give students a direct experience in civic engagement through Participatory Budgeting.

The Guide shows how to get your school working with Participatory Budgeting (PB). The PB process creates an experiential learning environment for community engagement at a local level. Students are challenged to think about community needs and issues, exploring their environment. They are then empowered to design and implement a solution, taking shared ownership of their school community. They will gain a new attachment to their community; a sense of pride that comes with civic contribution. And they will build a stronger, more collaborative relationship with school administration, one another, and the community at large.

The Guide includes 18 lesson plans and 6 worksheets that are designed to take 45 minutes, once a week, over the course of a semester. You will find sections that explore:

  • Idea Collection
  • Proposal Development
  • Planning
  • VotingPB_Schools_Cover
  • Implementation and Beyond

Participatory Budgeting is great to bring into your classroom because:

  • It’s democracy in action.
  • It gives your students a positive civic engagement experience.
  • It serves as a bridge for your students to be engaged in politics and their community.
  • It strengthens the school community by building positive relations between students and the administration.
  • It shows students the benefits of getting involved.

By implementing Participatory Budgeting into classrooms, students will learn to:

  • Increase their ability to work collaboratively
  • Develop research, interviewing, and surveying skills
  • Develop problem-solving and critical thinking skills
  • Develop public presentation skills
  • Increase their awareness of community needs and their role in addressing those needs
  • Understand budgetary processes and develop basic budgeting skills
  • Identify ways to participate in governance
  • Increase concern about the welfare of others and develop a sense of social responsibility

The Guide’s game plan is effective and efficient as well as adaptive – modify it to fit your context. The Guide explains how to navigate idea collection, proposal development, an expo, a community vote, and implementation of winning projects.

PBP welcomes you to take the first step in bringing your school community closer and educating your students in an engaging democratic process by downloading our free Guide!

You can find the original version of this Participatory Budgeting Project announcement at www.participatorybudgeting.nationbuilder.com/pbinschools.

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An inclusiveness trainer and group process facilitator, Roshan Bliss serves as NCDD's Youth Engagement Coordinator and Blog Curator. Combining his belief that decisions are better when everyone is involved with his passion for empowering young people, his work focuses on increasing the involvement of youth and students in public conversations.

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