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Last updated: 5/8/18

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?

write the rules
collect ideas
develop proposals

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.


You can vote to decide what gets funded if you live in Boston and are 12 – 25 years old.

You can only vote once. Voting will take place online and at

  • MBTA stations
  • community centers and organizations, and
  • Boston Public Schools across Boston.

After the vote, Mayor Walsh will announce the winning projects and assign projects to a City department with a dedicated project manager.

Vote online now

Come to Vote Fest on Thursday, May 24! There will be Youth Lead the Change voting, voter pre-registration, performances, raffles, and free food!

Learn about Vote Fest

2018 Projects to be Voted On

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.

2018 Voting Locations

Voting Locations

(Voting to take place between 1:30 - 5 p.m.)

  • Tuesday, May 8 - Roxbury Crossing Station, Mission Hill
  • Tuesday, May 8  - Back Bay Station
  • Tuesday, May 8  - Ruggles Station, Roxbury
  • Thursday, May 10 - Forest Hills, Jamaica Plain
  • Thursday, May 10 - Roslindale Village Station
  • Thursday, May 10 - Ashmont Station, Dorchester
  • Tuesday, May 15 - Fields Corner Station (Red Line)
  • Tuesday, May 15 - Downtown Crossing Station and Park Street Station (Boston Common)
  • Tuesday, May 15 - Copley Station

(Voting to take place between 1:30 - 5 p.m.)

If you attend one of the following Boston Public Schools, we're bringing the voting to you! (Voting to take place during school hours.)

  • Wednesday, May 9 - Boston Latin School
  • Wednesday, May 9 - The Edward M. Kennedy Academy for Health Careers
  • Friday, May 11 - Josiah Quincy
  • Friday, May 11 - Snowden International
  • Friday, May 11 - Boston Arts Academy
  • Monday, May 14 - Brighton High
  • Monday, May 14 - Boston Green Academy
  • Wednesday, May 16 - Boston Central Adult High School
  • Wednesday, May 16 - Fenway High School
  • Thursday, May 17 - Boston Day and Evening
  • Thursday, May 17 - Boston Latin Academy
  • Thursday, May 17 - Madison Park High School
  • Friday, May 18 - Burke High School
  • Friday, May 18 - Dearborn STEM
  • Friday, May 18 - Boston International
  • Monday, May 21 - English High School
  • Monday, May 21 - Margarita Muñiz Academy
  • Tuesday, May 22 - TechBoston
  • Tuesday, May 22 - The Community Academy of Science and Health
  • Wednesday, May 23 - East Boston High
  • Thursday, May 24 - Charlestown High School
  • Wednesday, May 30 - West Roxbury Academy
  • Wednesday, May 30 - Urban Science Academy

Past Winners

  • "Get Hired" Truck. A resource truck devoted to provide youth with the ability to search for jobs, build and update resumes, and give them access to search and apply for jobs.
  • 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.
  • Youth Retail Space. A mobile retail space for youth entrepreneurs.
  • 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