Office of Youth Development Announces Voting Phase of Youth Power Participatory Budgeting Long Beach
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Long Beach, CA ~ Long Beach, CA - The City of Long Beach Department of Health and Human Services (Health Department) Office of Youth Development, in collaboration with The Nonprofit Partnership (TNP), Invest in Youth Coalition anchored by Khmer Girls in Action, California State University of Long Beach, and Leadership Long Beach, has announced the voting sites for the Youth Power PB Long Beach participatory budgeting process. This initiative invites Long Beach youth to vote on how to allocate public funds towards youth projects. A total of $400,000 will be distributed through this process, with project budgets ranging from $10,000 to $50,000.

Mayor Rex Richardson expressed his support for this program, stating that "inviting youth to engage in the civic process is a valuable way to empower them and foster future leaders of our city." He encourages all Long Beach youth between the ages of 13 and 26 who live, work or play in the city to take advantage of this opportunity and make their voices heard by casting their vote.

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To kick off the voting period, a voting fair will be held at Long Beach Polytechnic High School on Wednesday, April 24 from 4:30 to 6:30 p.m. This event will provide an opportunity for youth to speak with community organizations whose projects are on the ballot and learn more about them before making their decision. Voting will continue for 10 days until Saturday, May 4 at the inaugural Youth Day in the LBC event at Cabrillo High School from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Youth can vote at any of the following locations during regular business hours: Parks, Recreation & Marine Teen Centers including Houghton Park, Silverado Park, Cesar Chavez Park, Admiral Kidd Park, McBride Park; and Long Beach Public Libraries including Bret Harte Library, Billie Jean King Main Library, Michelle Obama Library, Burnett Library,Dana Library, Alamitos Library, and Mark Twain Library. Any questions about voting sites can be directed to

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This is the second year of the Youth Power PB Long Beach program, which was announced earlier this year. Last year's program received 60 initial project ideas, with 19 being selected by youth budget delegates and placed on the ballot. A voter fair was held at Long Beach City College on the first day of voting, and voting locations were set up at high schools, teen centers, and public libraries throughout the voting period. In total, 823 votes were validated and the projects prioritized by youth voters focused on community care, housing, health and wellness, and transportation - aligning with four of the six goals in the Long Beach Youth & Emerging Adults Strategic Plan. For more information about last year's funded projects, visit

Youth Power PB Long Beach is a citywide participatory budget pilot process that provides funding to nonprofit organizations working towards the goals of the Youth and Emerging Adults Strategic Plan. The funding for this program is provided by Measure US.

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