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The Participatory Budgeting Youth Fellowship ("PBYF") is a partnership between Coro New York Leadership Center, the New York City Council and the Participatory Budgeting Project (PBP) that builds the leadership skills of young New Yorkers who are committed to lifting up youth voices and leading change. The program offers high school students intensive leadership training, hands-on experience, and ongoing support to expand youth involvement in the participatory budgeting (PB) process in their communities and citywide. PBYF aims to build a growing cadre of young civic change leaders dedicated to making a lasting impact in neighborhoods throughout New York City.

Below please nominate up to 3 individuals you think would make great PB Youth Fellows. Coro will reach out to each nominee to share the PBYF application and other key program information. 

Nomination Deadline: Friday, May 18th, 2018

For questions about PBYF, please contact Cynthia Wong at 212-248-2935 or
Participatory Budgeting Youth Fellows Criteria

Up to two students from each participating City Council District will join our 2018-19 class of PB Youth Fellows. We aim to recruit a cohort that reflects the demographic diversity of New York City and our participating districts with consideration for underrepresented communities including people of color, immigrants, public housing residents, and LGBTQ and differently-abled individuals. 

Candidate Requirements:

  • Attends high school and/or lives in a participating City Council district
  • Entering 10th or 11th grade (9th and 12th graders will be considered on a case-by-case basis)
  • Interest and curiosity in public service, government, and/or civic engagement
  • Desire to strengthen leadership skills and be a community changemaker
  • Openness to take risks and step outside of one's comfort zone
  • Ability to commit to a rigorous program schedule from July 2018 through May 2019:
    • Summer Three-week Leadership Institute (July 30th through August 17th), plus 20 hours of PB service between August 20th and 31st
    • School Year
      • 10-15 hours of PB service per month
      • Six (6) full-day training sessions on Saturdays or non-instructional days
      • Six (6) after-school strategy meetings 
Youth Fellows will earn a stipend of up to $1,000 for successful completion of the requirements listed above.
Nominator Information