Participatory Budgeting Youth Fellowship 2019-20 Application

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The Participatory Budgeting Youth Fellowship (PBYF) builds the leadership skills of young New Yorkers who are committed to lifting up youth voices and leading change. Founded in 2017, PBYF is a partnership between Coro NY Leadership Center and the New York City Council. We provide intensive leadership training, hands-on experience, and ongoing support to expand youth involvement in New York City's Participatory Budgeting (PB) process. By preparing the next generation of young civic change leaders, the PBYF aims to make a lasting impact in communities throughout New York City. 

Who We Are Looking For

Up to two students from each participating City Council District will join our 2019-20 class of PB Youth Fellows. We are seeking candidates who reflect the diversity of New York City with consideration for underrepresented communities including young people of color, immigrants, public housing residents, LGBTQ and differently-abled individuals. 

You Should Apply If You:

    • Attend high school and/or live in a participating City Council district
    • Are entering 11th or 12th grade in the 2019-20 school year (10th graders will be considered on a case-by-case basis) 
    • Are curious and excited about getting more youth involved in PB, city government, and civic engagement 
    • Want to strengthen your leadership skills, take risks, and be a community change-maker
    • Are open to public speaking and making presentations to diverse youth and community members
    • Can commit to a rigorous program schedule from July 2019 through May 2020:
      • Summer 
        • Three-week Leadership Institute (July 29 - August 16, 2019) 
        • 20 PB service hours in City Council district (August 19 - August 30, 2019)
      • School Year
        • 10-15 hours of PB service per month (after school, evenings, some weekends)
        • Monthly full-day training sessions on Saturdays or non-instructional days
        • Other projects and activities as assigned
    Youth Fellows will earn a stipend of up to $1,000 for successful completion of the requirements listed above.
For questions about PBYF, please email or call 212-248-2935
Please also let us know if you are eligible to earn course credit for participating.

Applicant Information

*Please note that PBYF information and updates will be sent to this email address. 
Only students attending school and/or living in one of our participating City Council districts are eligible for the PB Youth Fellowship. 
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Parent/Guardian Information

Reference Information
Please provide the contact information of an adult who knows you well and would recommend you for this program. This can be a teacher, advisor, coach, mentor, employer, etc. (no family members, please).
Tip: Please get the person's permission before listing their information on this form!

Optional Information

It is important to Coro that we are successful in our efforts to reach out to an audience that reflects the demographic diversity of New York City and our participating districts. We appreciate you providing us with the following optional information to help us understand the success of these efforts. 

List up to 3 examples of recent experience (work, volunteer/community service, or extra-curricular). For each experience, describe the following: 1) Your role 2) Activities you take/took part in 3) Start/end dates. Indicate whether you are still currently involved. (Example: I am a volunteer at the Downtown Senior Citizens Home. Every Wednesday from 4 pm to 7 pm, I help prepare and serve meals. I also talk and play games with the seniors. I started in January 2017 and am still involved.)   
Statements of Interest
Please visit our website and watch this video before answering the following questions.
The PB Youth Fellowship is an intensive program that requires a serious commitment of time and energy. There will be many meetings and activities required in the summer and school year, especially after school, evenings, and some weekends. Past participants have had to make many sacrifices in order to keep up with the demands of the Fellowship. For this reason, we encourage applicants to seriously consider their time and availability before joining the program. 
Statements of Commitment

I have read and understand the requirements and commitments listed above and will abide by them if selected for the 2019-2020 Participatory Budgeting Youth Fellowship. All of the above statements are truthful and my application has been completed to the best of my abilities.

Parent / Guardian Signature

I agree to allow my child to participate in the 2019-2020 Participatory Budgeting Youth Fellowship if s/he is selected, and I understand and consent to the sharing of this application, the information contained herein and any additional information required to review and evaluate the applicant between the Coro New York Leadership Center and the New York City Council.