Boston allocates $1M to let youth vote on city projects

The program engages young people in city government

BOSTON (AP) — Mayor Martin Walsh has allocated $1 million to a youth-led, participatory budgeting vote.

“Youth Lead the Change” allows young people to vote to fund certain projects in the city. Last year, participants voted to fund seven projects that enhanced community parks, installed security cameras and paid for a skateboard feasibility study.

Walsh said the program engages young people in city government and teaches them to think critically about how government can best serve city residents.

Youth Lead the Change is managed by the Department of Youth Engagement and Employment in collaboration with a steering committee made up of 26 community and youth-serving organizations.

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