Your Voice, Your Choice

2021 Update

The public participation component of Your Voice, Your Choice (YVYC) has been paused for 2021. With reduced budget for this year's YVYC cycle and significant delays in previously funded YVYC projects due to the COVID-19 pandemic, we have made the decision to suspend any new idea collection or project development and focus instead on the completion of previously awarded projects. Here is what our YVYC team will focus on in 2021:

  • Ensuring that we keep our promise to the community by channeling all remaining funds to Seattle Department of Transportation and Seattle Parks and Recreation to implement previously awarded projects, particularly those in our most vulnerable communities (Equity & Environment Initiative Focus Areas).
  • Delivering all project ideas collected in 2020 to Seattle Department of Transportation, Seattle Parks and Recreation, and any other relevant City programs to help guide planning and implementation of any future projects.
  • Restructuring the YVYC program to better meet the immediate needs of Black, Indigenous and people of color (BIPOC) communities who have been most impacted by COVID-19.  

Seattle Department of Neighborhoods remains committed to the Your Voice, Your Choice program and the power of participatory budgeting to elevate and support the needs of Seattle's communities. If you have any questions or concerns, please reach out to YVYC Program Manager Shaquan Smith at Shaquan.Smith@seattle.gov.  

About the Program

Your Voice, Your Choice: Parks & Streets is an annual initiative in which Seattle residents democratically decide how to spend a portion of the City's budget on small-scale park and street improvements. Residents can participate in the district where they live, work, go to school, receive services, or volunteer.

Your Voice, Your Choice is important because it is a simple way for people to get involved, connect with neighbors, and make a positive impact in their community.

- Kim S., YVYC volunteer

There are four key phases in the Your Voice, Your Choice process:

Phase 1: Idea Collection

Community members brainstorm and submit potential project ideas to be funded throughout the city. (learn more)

Phase 2: Project Development

Teams of community members work together to evaluate and prioritize ideas, narrowing the list to 8-10 project ideas per Council District. (learn more)

Phase 3: Vote

Community members vote on their top projects within their individual Council District.  (learn more)

Phase 4: Project Implementation 

After each City Council District selects the top vote-getting projects, City Departments will include winning projects in the following year's budget. (learn more)

Want to learn more about the Your Voice, Your Choice program? Watch the video below!