City youth may apply to be part of Youth Participorty Budget Council
Pittsburgh’s children and youth have limited access to government officials, lack programs that promote their engagement and interaction with city government, and are often left out of conversations on development.
Recognizing this need and the importance of highlighting youth’s lived experiences, Councilman Corey O’Connor will launch the Youth Participatory Budget Council (YPBC) in 2017.
Through a partnership with Carlow University and Saturday Light Brigade, the city is launching a “Bootcamp” on June 19, and it will run through June 22. Participation in the Bootcamp will be required for all applicants selected for the Youth Participatory Budget Council. Bootcamp is a week long program in which Youth Budget participants attend workshops that will provide the knowledge and skills needed for participants to work together as a team in order to develop and research ideas on an issue they are passionate about.
In these workshops, participants will learn about important issues within the City of Pittsburgh, group processes, public policy and social change, the process of city government, effective ways to conduct research, and effective ways to develop a persuasive project proposal. Bootcamp will also provide skills that will help to prepare participants for the presentation of their project proposal to Pittsburgh City Council. After successfully completing the Bootcamp, applicants will officially start the YPBC in July.
The YPBC is a youth-led program focusing on promoting understanding of city government, developing youth leadership, elevating youth voices, and providing a platform for youth to propose projects that directly relate to their concerns as citizens of the City of Pittsburgh.
Interested applicants to the YPBC must meet the following requirements: Be a Pittsburgh resident; Be between the ages of 13 and 17 years old; and, attend the week-long Bootcamp from June 19 to June 22.
Those chosen will be expected to training sessions once a week through the months of July and October at the Pittsburgh City-County Building.
The August session will be an online session, so as not to conflict with the start of the school year.
Each session will last a total of two hours and will include dinner, provided by the Office of Councilman O’Connor.
In each session, they will learn lessons on teamwork, projects, city government, advocacy, and research and development, through a series of activities and guest speakers and presenters. The lessons will help the youth develop a project proposal to be presented to Pittsburgh City Council at the end of the program.
Applications for this program are currently open and will remain open until April 21. The application is available through a Google Form at http://bit.ly/2lUCIOT.
Youth who are selected for this program are required to attend all meetings/sessions. Youth will be selected that are committed to dedicating the time and energy necessary to make this program a success and are a diverse representation of the city.