As Girl Scouts, all of you are already advocates for your communities, and you know how important it is to use your voice to make a difference in your neighborhood. But did you know that the New York City Council has an official process for taking your ideas and making them a reality?
Through a process called Participatory Budgeting (PB), New Yorkers of all ages are invited to submit their ideas for physical projects to improve communities—things like more park benches and picnic tables, new library computers, or even a green roof for your school! If your idea gets chosen, your Council Member could provide real money to make your idea come to life.
Because GSGNY knows how important civic engagement is – and because we know Girl Scouts have some of the BEST ideas about how to make the world a better place — we want all of you to get involved in Participatory Budgeting this year!
That’s why we’ve launched Girl Scouts for Community Change, GSGNY’s first Participatory Budgeting campaign to get Girl Scouts involved in the PB process and make your voices heard!
As part of the campaign, we’re offering a brand new PBNYC patch to girls who submit their ideas for projects through the online Idea Map. Some council members will also host community forums to hear ideas.
This year, 33 out of 51 City Council Districts are taking part in PB, but you don’t have to live in a Council District to propose an idea – so don’t forget to think about the neighborhoods where you go to school, or public places you like to visit. Once you’ve submitted your idea, make sure you fill out the PB Challenge form to receive your PBNYC patch!
The deadline to submit PBNYC ideas is Friday, October 11.
I can’t wait to hear all the great ideas you have about how to make this city a better place!
Yours in Girl Scouting,
Chief Executive Officer
Girl Scouts of Greater New York