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Last updated: 7/11/18

Youth Lead the Change

Youth Lead the Change is participatory budgeting process where young Bostonians decide how to spend $1,000,000 of the City’s budget.

The Mayor’s Youth Council runs this process and shares rule-making authority with youth organizations across the City.

Where are we now?


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write the rules
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collect ideas
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develop proposals
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Vote
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Announce the Winners!

2018 Youth Lead the Change Winning Projects

Fans In Schools
Project A  -  858 Votes 

Install fans in schools that lack central air conditioning. This will provide a more comfortable learning environment in the summer.

Add Solar Panels To Buildings
Project B  -  718 Votes 

Place solar panels on City-owned property. It will help save money in the long-term. The City needs to combat climate change and address the fact that we are losing oil and fossil fuel reserves.

Youth Wi-Fi Lounge
Project D  -  812 Votes 

Create an accessible youth Wi-Fi lounge in Boston City Hall for students to:

  • connect with other students
  • work on youth initiatives and projects
  • gain access to City agencies, and
  • apply for youth jobs.
Winning Projects

Collect ideas: December - January

The deadline to submit an idea was Wednesday, February 14, 2018.

Everyone is welcome to propose project ideas, no matter how old you are or where you live.

We hold public events to collect ideas throughout the City, plus smaller “pop-up” discussions in classes, after-school programs, clubs, and public spaces like T stops, malls, and supermarkets.

Online submissions

During the collection phase, you can also submit your ideas online, and through social media.

Develop proposals

In the spring, volunteers called Change Agents turn ideas into projects for the public to vote on. We train Change Agents during orientation sessions. They join a committee to develop project proposals around specific issues.

We have finished this process for 2018. Check back in 2019 for more information on how to become a Change Agent.

2018 Proposed Projects

Project A: Fans In Schools

Install fans in schools that lack central air conditioning. This will provide a more comfortable learning environment in the summer.

Project B: Add Solar Panels To Buildings

Place solar panels on City-owned property. It will help save money in the long-term. The City needs to combat climate change and address the fact that we are losing oil and fossil fuel reserves.

Project C: Invest In Community Gardens

Renovate community gardens and farms to increase produce and create more fresh food options. This renovation will improve the health of Boston's youth by providing access to healthy alternatives in their local neighborhoods.

Project D: Youth Wi-Fi Lounge

Create an accessible youth Wi-Fi lounge in Boston City Hall for students to:

  • connect with other students
  • work on youth initiatives and projects
  • gain access to City agencies, and
  • apply for youth jobs.

This space will have access to Wicked Free WiFi, laptops, desktops, and meeting space.

Project E: Blue Box Emergency Lights

Install blue emergency lights connected to 9-1-1 across pilot neighborhoods. This will help pedestrians feel safer walking late at night or walking alone.

Past Winners

  • Informative Homeless Resources. A digital billboard displaying resources and job opportunities available to the homeless youth.
  • Performing and Visual Arts Studio.  A space where people of all ages can come together and create all types of art.
  • Future Media Center. A space that would contain recent technology that would otherwise be unavailable to most students.
  • More trash cans and recycling bins
  • Job and resource finder app
  • Parks are for everyone
  • Wicked Free WiFi 3.0
  • Link Up: digital billboards in schools
  • Sunshine and books
  • Wicked Free WiFi for students
  • Water bottle refill stations
  • Boston Latin Academy gym renovation
  • Hubway expansion
  • New sidewalks for new parks
  • Security cameras at Dr. Loesch Family Park
  • Paris St. extreme makeover
  • Techknowledge - Chromebooks for high schools
  • Franklin Park Playground upgrade
  • Skate park feasibility study
  • Boston art walls