Student Leaders for Participatory Budgeting
A leadership development program for high school students in school districts in East Multnomah County
Participatory Budgeting Oregon established a leadership development program for students in East Multnomah County school districts, specifically campuses in Oregon Senate Districts 24 and 25 and House District 50 where we have worked with students for the Youth Voice, Youth Vote Participatory Budgeting process.
This is a six-month training program for six high school students who attend school in any of the following districts: Centennial, David Douglas, Gresham-Barlow, Parkrose, Reynolds.
Through in person and virtual trainings, students will gain leadership skills in order to bring participatory budgeting (PB) to their school campus. Participants will become experts in PB, and research and assess their schools readiness to host a process. They will also become knowledgeable in the basics of community organizing, civics, and participatory democracy. Additionally, they will build professional competencies in small group facilitation, conflict resolution, public speaking and collaborative decision making.
Participatory Budgeting, or PB for short, is a democratic process that allows ordinary community members to decide how to spend a part of a public budget. To learn more, check out this quick video: https://vimeo.com/220012828.