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.
The YPBC is a youth-led program that focuses 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:
• Applicant must be a Pittsburgh resident.
• Applicant must be between the ages of 13 and 17 years old.
• Those chosen will be expected to attend 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 Corey O’Connor.
In each session, youth will learn lessons on teamwork, projects, City government, advocacy, and researcn and development, through a series of activities and guest speakers and presenters. These 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, 2017. The application is available through the Google Form here. Youth who are selected for this program are required to attend all meetings / sessions. We will select youth that are committed to dedicating the time and energy necessary to make this program a success, and will make sure that our the selected youth are a diverse representation of our City