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
- 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!