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Thu 30

September 30, 2021 @ 2:00 pm - 3:00 pm EDT

Promising Practices Webinar: Youth and Participatory Budgeting

National Civic League

Location: Online

Join the League as we discuss techniques for, and examples of, bringing youth voices to the budgeting table.

Participatory budgeting is a process in which community members come together to decide how a public budget should be spent. We’re most familiar with the use of participatory budgeting in towns and cities, but it’s also gaining a foothold in high-schools and universities. During this webinar we’ll hear two examples of participatory budgeting being used as a form of youth engagement.

We’ll hear how The Simon Fraser Student Society is using Ethelo’s technology to ask students how they’d like to allocate the student-driven initiatives budget. We’ll also be joined by Keystone Policy Center to learn about their collaboration with the Colorado Department of Education to gather student input on how to spend $132 million in federal education dollars.

Simon Fraser Student Society

The Simon Fraser Student Society is a student-led organization that represents and advocates for the interests of the 25,000+ undergraduate students at SFU. 


Ethelo is a leading organization in integrated online and offline engagement. ​​Ethelo is used by over 150 communities across North America to bring meaningful solutions to complex and divisive issues. Ethelo’s mission is to empower decision-makers and community members to make better decisions together. They believe that true change lies within equitable, meaningful and accessible community engagement. 

Keystone Policy Center

Keystone Policy Center is a trusted non-profit organization founded in 1975 to drive actionable, shared solutions to contentious policy challenges. Keystone is recognized by public, private, and civic-sector leaders throughout the United States for independent, collaborative problem-solving approaches that offer a proven blueprint for progress and collective impact.