Seattle Participatory Budgeting

The Results are in!

More than 3,000 youth ages 11-25 voted on 19 project proposals in May of this year. The seven winning projects are:

  • Houses for People Experiencing Homelessness
  • Youth Homeless Shelter Improvements
  • Job Readiness Workshops for Homeless Youth
  • Homeless Children and Youth Liaison Services
  • Wi-Fi Hotspot Checkout
  • Park Bathroom Upgrades
  • Safe Routes to Schools

How does it Work?

Youth Voice, Youth Choice is a Participatory Budgeting (PB) process in which Seattle youth will democratically decide how to spend $700,000 of the City's budget. PB is used internationally and in cities around the United States including Chicago, Boston, New York, and San Francisco. PB focuses on engaging people who have not historically been involved in government or budget processes.

This initiative began here in July 2015 when Seattle Mayor Murray and former Councilmember Nick Licata announced the launch of a citywide youth PB process. Youth Voice, Youth Choice is managed by the Seattle Department of Neighborhoods with the goal of empowering youth to make decisions on how to spend a portion of the budget. The process is guided by a steering committee which is comprised of youth and adults from community-based organizations around Seattle.

Seattle youth came together to brainstorm ideas, vet those ideas, develop proposals, and finally voted on how to spend the budget. City of Seattle departments are now implementing the winning projects.

The 4-step process of Participatory Budgeting: collect, develop, vote, and fund.

For a closer look at our participatory budgeting process, read our 2015-16 Rulebook, written by the Youth Voice, Youth Choice Steering Committee. It outlines specifications of our process, roles and responsibilities of the people involved, and a detailed time line.

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Privacy Policy

The Participatory Budgeting Platform is administered by the City of Seattle Department of Neighborhoods. It adheres to the City of Seattle's Privacy Principles and complies with the City of Seattle Privacy Policy. Please review the Policy and Principles. Additionally, following is more specific information about the data collection, use, disposition and other Privacy practices that pertain specifically to this program:

  • In order to cast a vote online, the required information to provide is Name, Zip Code, and Birthdate. Optional information collected is Email, Cell phone number, Council District, Race, Gender, Age, Household income, and Level of education. The required information is used to ensure that we are tallying one vote per person and also to verify that users are of age to vote online and in the Participatory Budgeting process. The optional information collected helps us to improve the participatory budgeting process in the City of Seattle and will not be used in any other way.
  • Any personally identifiable information collected from users that is stored outside the City of Seattle's internal servers will deleted after a period of 1 month. Data held outside City servers for this month will be used to ensure accurate vote tallying methods. Any personally identifiable information collected will be deleted from internal servers after a period of 2 years. Information kept on the City servers will be used in aggregate for reporting and evaluation.
  • If you believe that a child under 13 has used the online voting platform, please contact Jenny Frankl (