Participatory Budgeting (PB) is a democratic process in which community members decide how to spend a part of a public budget. This project is meant not only to educate students about how PB works, but also to empower the students by involving them in a process requiring them to demonstrate, in a meaningful way, the skills and knowledge introduced and honed during Economics and Participation in Government courses. This resource guide includes front matter including overviews for teachers and students, timelines, and implementation options for PB projects. The remainder of the guide provides 16 suggested activities to help schools engage students in the PB process.
This Civics for All resource guide is aligned to grade 12 in the 9-12 Social Studies Scope & Sequence. Schools may find it necessary and are encouraged to modify activities in this resource guide to suit their own needs and objectives.