PBYF builds the leadership skills of young New Yorkers who are committed to lifting up youth voices and leading change. This paid program offers high school students intensive leadership training, hands-on work experience, and ongoing support to promote greater youth involvement in New York City’s Participatory Budgeting (PB) process, in which City Council members dedicate at least $1 million for local residents as young as eleven to decide how it is spent. Youth Fellows serve as ambassadors and advocates, working to promote PB and engage other youth and underrepresented groups throughout the process. By preparing a growing cadre of young civic change leaders, PBYF aims to make a lasting impact in communities throughout New York City.
Current 10 and 11 grade students who are passionate about issues relevant to their community and· Live and/or learn in one of the participating City Council Districts. Students must be able to commit to a rigorous program schedule from July 2019-May 2020. This includes a summer 3 week Leadership Institute (July 29 – August 16, 2019) and during the school year an additional 10-15 hours of PB service per month (after school, evenings, some weekends). There are also monthly full-day training sessions on Saturdays or non-instructional days.·
Ultimately, the Youth Fellow’s goal is to educate and engage more young people in PB, especially underrepresented populations, throughout the program. But in the process they’ll also gain knowledge on local government and democracy, build a network with their fellow Coro PB participants, and establish themselves as key figures in their own community. Participants will also receive a stipend of up to $1000 upon successful completion of the program.Applications for the 2019-20 program are online and will be reviewed on a rolling basis. Interested individuals can browse through the program brochure or flyer.