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Last updated: 1/18/18

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 is 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

You can also submit your ideas online through the link below, and through social media.

Submit an idea online

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, when they join a committee to develop project proposals around specific issues.

Check back in spring 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 locations will be at schools and T stations across Boston. If you are a Boston Public Schools (BPS) student, you can vote online. After the vote, Mayor Walsh will announce the winning projects and assign projects to a City department with a dedicated project manager.

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