Participatory Budgeting (PB) in Arizona, expanded by the Center for the Future of Arizona (CFA), educates students about citizen and democratic engagement. Students “learn democracy by doing” through a process of participating in PB steering committees on campus, developing proposals and voting to fund improvement projects that build stronger school communities.
Participatory Budgeting is a democratic process in which community members decide how to spend a portion of the public budget. PB gives ordinary people real power over real money, empowers community voice, sheds light on community needs and provides a space for equitable public spending.
Students lead a five-step process with the support of their teachers and the community. Student leaders and their teams work together on proposals from initial design to funding of the winning school improvement project.