Participatory Budgeting lets you make real decisions about funding projects in your neighborhood. There are many ways to be involved in the process, from suggesting ideas for community improvements to voting.

Volunteer as a Poll Worker

Poll workers are community members like you, who help operate vote sites during Vote Week to bring the ballot to the people. Volunteers receive training, and can then work for a few hours or a few days. Sign up here.

Volunteer as a Budget Delegate or Facilitator

Delegates and Facilitators make the real work of democracy possible. Delegates meet regularly in the fall and early winter to narrow down the list of project ideas, research the community’s needs, and work with city agencies and staff to develop concrete proposals for the ballot. Facilitators guide the Delegates in this process, helping them focus on equity and meet key deadlines. Join a committee that most interests you — like Parks, Transportation, Public Safety, Education & Technology, Youth, Public Housing, and Arts & Culture! Delegates must be at least 14 years old and live in the district, work in the district, own a business in the district, attend school in the district, or be a parent of a child attending school in the district. Sign up here or contact your district with questions.

Vote

In order to vote, you must be at least 14 years old and live in the district. Eligible voters must sign an affidavit to confirm age and residency in the district.

Join your District Committee

Each participating Council Member convenes a District Committee that meets regularly to provide oversight and assists with planning throughout the PBNYC process. The District Committee should be representative of the entire district, both geographically and demographically. Are you interested in helping to ensure that PBNYC reaches everyone in your district? Would you like to provide input on outreach strategy and strengthen community participation? Contact staff in your district office to learn more.

Join the Citywide Steering Committee

The Steering Committee guides and supports the PB process across participating districts. The Committee meets monthly, alternating daytime and evening times, to allow for wide participation. Members are encouraged to participate in a Working Group, focusing on topics like Equity & Inclusion, Advocacy & Expansion, District Support, Technology, and Research & Evaluation. Please contact pbnyc@council.nyc.gov to learn more or apply.

Participate in a Working Group

Working Groups, led by Steering Committee members, provide input and develop initiatives on topics that impact PBNYC citywide. These groups include for Cycle 6: Equity & Inclusion, Advocacy & Expansion, District Support, Technology, and Research & Evaluation. Working groups are open to anyone in the community with PBNYC experience and passion – you need not be a full Steering Committee member to join. Please contact pbnyc@council.nyc.gov to learn more.

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