Phoenix Union High School District encourages civic participation with Vote Week initiative
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Phoenix Union High School District encourages civic participation with launch of Vote Week

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  • Joseph Valdez/Center for the Future of Arizona

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Date & Location

Location: Carl Hayden High School, 3333 W. Roosevelt St., Phoenix, AZ 85009

Date: Thursday, March 23rd


Phoenix Union High School District (PUHSD), the Participatory Budgeting Project, the Center for the Future of Arizona (CFA) and the Maricopa County Office of the Recorder, with students and teachers, launch Vote Week, a participatory budgeting process at PUHSD designed to encourage students to “learn democracy by doing” that culminates March 20-24.

Participatory budgeting (PB) is a new approach for building stronger school communities and developing students who are more informed, empowered and engaged in civic life.

PB consists of five steps led by students with the support of teachers and the community,

  1. Students collect input and ideas from the student body
  2. Students transform ideas into proposals by conducting research on cost and feasibility
  3. Students present proposals to fellow students
  4. The full student body votes to select top proposals
  5. Winning projects are funded and implemented.

PUHSD is the first district in the U.S. to implement the PB process using district-wide funds. Beginning with five public high schools this year, the program is intended to expand to all 17 schools by 2018.

Throughout the school year, students at BioScience, Carl Hayden, Central, Franklin Police and Fire, and Phoenix Coding Academy have brainstormed ideas for school improvement projects and developed these ideas into full proposals. During Vote Week, students at each school will select the winning projects with more than $25,000 available for allocation.


10-10:45 a.m.: Intro to Participatory Budgeting

10:45-11:30 a.m.: Panel w/Students & Staff

11:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.: Vote Walkthrough for Guests