District 35 Participatory Budgeting 2018: Winning Projects

Majority Leader Cumbo visited Medgar Evers Prep yesterday to announce results and present oversized checks for winning projects (Via @NYC Council Twitter)

CROWN HEIGHTS – City Council Majority Leader Laurie Cumbo paid a visit to a Crown Heights high school to announce the winning projects from Participatory Budgeting Cycle 7 in her 35th District, unveiling the results and presenting oversized checks at Medgar Evers Prep on Tuesday, May 22.

In a statement championing an “unprecedented” 63% increase in votes cast over last year’s cycle of budgeting, Councilmember Cumbo wrote that participatory budgeting is “an incredible opportunity to engage and empower people of all backgrounds to collectively decide how we can spend $1 million to fund capital projects that will strengthen our community.”

The winning projects were:

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Technology Upgrade at Medgar Evers College Preparatory School – $250,000
Funding for 8 classroom sets and 35 smart boards which would “provide students with the necessary technology tools for a better education”

Building Safety for P.S. 20/Academy of Arts & Letters – $250,000
School construction upgrades including water filtration, AC/heating, doors, gym safety padding, and plumbing “to create a safer environment”

Electric Upgrade for Clinton Hill Library – $150,000
Electrical upgrades that would “improve space efficiency for the use of technology” at the Clinton Hill Library

Technology Upgrade for Ebbets Field Middle School – $175,000
Funding for 160 new laptops to “replace outdated ones, and serve growing population of students”

Refurbish P.S. 9’s Auditorium – $250,000
Installing new lighting, sound system, paint job, curtains, chairs and stage floor in the auditorium.

Five of the seven proposed projects received funding from voters, who were less enthused by upgrading the auditoriums at either M.S. 113 or P.S. 705. Maybe next cycle…

The projects were selected based on the votes of 4,478 constituents in District 35. Of course, at the last census, roughly 86,000 people were eligible to vote on participatory budgeting in District 35, which means even though turnout was up, something around 5% of the eligible voters actually bothered.

With $1,000,000 of funding on the line for each district, each vote in District 35 was essentially worth $223. Not bad for spending a little of your day all the polls!

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VOLUNTEER FOR PARTICIPATORY BUDGETING POSTER MAKING WORKSHOP

VOLUNTEER FOR THE PB Poster Making Workshop!
We’re in the homestretch of preparing for the 7th annual Participatory Budgeting vote. During April 7–15, our community will choose which local projects get a piece of $1 million dollars in discretionary funding.
 
The posters visually communicate the value and importance of the projects to the institutions that would benefit from funding, and to our community. And we need your help in developing them.
 
If you’d like to volunteer, please see this flyer for more information.  Your efforts help to give real power to people eager to be involved in the political process, resulting in better budget decisions — because who knows the needs of our community better than the people who live here.Legal Hand Poster Workshop Final

3/21 deadline: Discovery Guide Volunteer Program

Based in our Education Department at the New York Aquarium, Discovery Guides are seasonal volunteers (14 – 21) who receive training in customer service and basic interpretation. Discovery Guides focus on a select group of visitor experiences and, in turn, gain experience with teaching, leadership, public speaking, and learn about animals and the wild places they inhabit!

Discovery Guides who successfully complete the program will be eligible for other volunteer opportunities at the New York Aquarium.

Participants must be 14 years old and have graduated from Middle School at time of submitting application to participate.

Volunteer opportunities for Summer 2018 are here!

3/10 Event: Summer Youth Resource Fair

Summer Youth Resource Fair

Volunteer Homework Helper

Help students in grades 1-8 with their homework assignments by becoming a Volunteer Homework Helper at the Brooklyn Public Library!

Do you have a strong commitment to working with children? A minimum of two hours per week during after-school hours (3-6PM) on weekdays? An ability to make a minimum required commitment of six months?  If so, apply now! Complete an application at any neighborhood library or online at www.bklynlibrary.org.

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