Youth Voice, Youth Choice: How 11-to-25-year-olds can vote this week in city’s ‘participatory budgeting’

If you are – or know someone who is – between ages 11 and 25, this week brings your/their chance to help make a big decision – voting on how to spend almost three-quarters of a million dollars in the city budget.

It’s voting time in the city’s first-ever Participatory Budgeting process, dubbed “Youth Voice, Youth Choice.” While online voting has just gone live, a special feature of this is the chance to vote in person – and it’s happening in places where the participants are likely to be found.

North Delridge resident Nancy Folsom e-mailed to say she will have ballots with her on Tuesday and Thursday afternoons, starting at 3:30 pm, at Delridge Skatepark (Delridge/Genesee).

Then, from the city, youth-engagement strategic adviser Jenny Frankl sent this message:

As you might recall, there were a series of Idea Assemblies held in February, where Youth Voice, Youth Choice collected 530+ ideas for projects. Since that time, a group of youth budget delegates have been culling that list and have now narrowed that list down to 19 project proposals. Youth ages 11 – 25 are being asked to select their top 7 projects out of this list of 19 during Vote Week (which is currently underway!). There are two ways to vote: Youth can vote online @ or via a paper ballot. In West Seattle, some in-person polling stations have been set up in various locations:

· Chief Sealth IHS, through their Social Studies classes

· Southwest Youth & Family Services (contact Fernanda Hernandez,, for exact times)

· Delridge Skatepark [see above]

· High Point Youth Program

· High Point Youth Tutoring Program

· West Seattle branches of the Seattle Public Library

Anyone who needs a paper ballot or is interested in participation by youth with whom they work – contact Jenny at or 206-396-0200.

P.S. If you’re not eligible to vote but interested in what projects are on the ballot – go here and choose the “preview” (non-voting) option.

4 Replies to "Youth Voice, Youth Choice: How 11-to-25-year-olds can vote this week in city's 'participatory budgeting'"

  • AJP May 23, 2016 (8:37 pm)

    Wow, what a great idea!

  • TheKing May 24, 2016 (6:03 am)

    I am fine with any of the listed projects. Just no more light rail parties.

  • Mickymse May 24, 2016 (10:30 am)

    @TheKing, don’t worry, “light rail parties” are not paid for by the City of Seattle. Although I’m personally okay with my tax dollar going to light rail “parties.” It’s wasting hundreds of thousands of dollars on Seahawks “victory parades” that piss me off. I suppose everyone has their likes and dislikes, eh?

  • TheKing May 24, 2016 (9:26 pm)

    Since Paul Allen paid for the Seahawks parade (singular), I feel he can do whatever he wants with his money. 

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