The cold winter months require us to work inside, but that doesn’t slow us down. Youth Leaders who have spent the summer and fall in the parks, turn their attention to understanding the work that goes on behind the scenes in city governance to keep our city running and conserve and promote the Emerald Necklace. This work of Deepening Civic Engagement goes hand-in-had with service to the parks, environmental education, relationship building and connection to community to foster their stewardship mindsets.
Just as in the summer, Emerald Necklace Conservancy Youth Leaders learn by doing. Here are a few ways that they are actively practicing civic engagement:
Youth Participatory Budgeting — 2 YLP members applied and were selected to serve on city-wide youth Steering Committee.
Participatory Budgeting is an innovative, democratic process that gives young people the opportunity to help decide how to spend a portion of the Boston city budget. Steering committee members meet monthly to oversee the entire youth PB process including researching and developing proposals, planning public meetings and PB events, as well as conducting outreach and education with diverse constituencies.
Mayor’s Youth Council, Committee on the Environment and Open Space
The Mayor’s Youth Council provides Boston’s young people with an active role in addressing youth issues. As a partner organization, YLP youth have an increased opportunity to participate in municipal decision-making and are positioned to mobilize peers around the issues of parks and environment that they deeply care about.