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Youth Leadership & Development

Change for You(th)

The Division of Race and Equity’s ReCAST Minneapolis program set aside $100,000 to support community-based projects centered on addressing the needs of youth across Minneapolis. Building upon the success of its 2018 Resilience 365 participatory budgeting project, the Division collaborated with the Youth Coordinating Board’s Youth Congress to design this year's effort. Projects funded through this effort must meet the goals set by the Trauma Troopers, a team of youth researchers with whom the Division contracted to conduct interviews and focus groups with over fifty youth (ages 14-24) from North and South Minneapolis. Youth serving organizations can submit project/event proposals that occur in North, South, & Cedar Riverside neighborhoods starting June 30. We will fund eight projects, two in each category, for $12,500.

Youth were asked to identify what stress and trauma looks like in their life, share about their experiences with trauma in their community as well as their access to trauma-informed resources.Based on the interviews, the ReCAST Minneapolis program identified four areas where youth feel unsupported: law enforcement, public transit, community support, and communication around trauma. Additional context for each of these areas is below. To address the gaps in youth-centered, trauma-informed services, youth from the Minneapolis Youth Congress teamed up with ReCAST to develop this participatory budgeting process. Youth will be provided an opportunity to vote on how ReCAST funding can support projects that address trauma within the youth community as well as show youth how the City of Minneapolis supports community decision-making around vital issues. Please email [email protected] for more information or if you have any questions.

Voting results

The votes are in for the Change for You(th) participatory budgeting process! We've tallied the votes and are excited to announce the projects YOU chose to fund. With the help of over 1,000 youth voices, we were able to determine which projects receive funding. The total amount of funding across all four categories is $100,000.

How to Talk to Youth about Trauma

Community Support

Youth Interactions with Law Enforcement

Youth experience with Transportation

Find details on funded projects here.

As a result of funding only one project under the Public Transportation category, we awarded the remaining $12,500 to the project with the most votes, following the top seven projects. Many great projects were presented in this process, unfortunately we are not able to fund all of them. However, we will continue to look for ways to partner with the projects that were not selected in this process. Please keep your eyes peeled for future funding opportunities!

Frequently Asked Questions

What is a participatory budgeting process?

    A participatory budgeting process is a democratic system where community members get to decide how to funds are spent.

How is this participatory budgeting process different from past participatory budgeting processes through ReCAST Minneapolis?

    This participatory budgeting process is youth focused and youth led. Funding will go to youth-centered organizations and voting will be done by youth.

Who will be submitting the projects?

    Organizations who serve youth are invited to submit project ideas.

Are there funding restrictions?

    Yes. The funding restrictions are based on terms set by the Department of Health and Human Services which provided the funds being used in the project and those established by the City of Minneapolis on how to use public dollars. View funding restrictions. 

What are the ReCAST Minneapolis neighborhoods?

    Folwell, Harrison, Hawthrone, Jordan, McKinley, Near North, Sumner Glenwood, Webber-Camden, Williard Hay, Bryant, Cedar Riverside, Central, East Phillips, Elliot Park, Longfellow, Midtown Phillips, Powderhorn, Seward, and Ventura Village.

How were voting locations decided?

    Youth from the Minneapolis Youth Congress serve as an advisory team to help determine where it would be best to reach youth over the summer months.

Who is able to vote?

    The voting opportunity is only open to youth ages 13-24 who live or work in designated ReCAST Minneapolis neighborhoods.

Can youth vote more than once?


Do youth need an ID to vote?

    Youth do not need an ID to vote on these projects.

Where will voting take place?

    Youth can vote in person at the designated voting locations and times or online.

How will youth vote?

    First, youth will be asked to fill out a demographic section of the voting ballot. Then youth will review projects applications that were submitted and then cast their vote for the 2 projects in each category they would like to see funded.

How many projects will be selected?

    A total of eight projects will be selected, two projects from each category.

How much funding will be given to each project?

    Each project is eligible to receive up to $12,500.

When will the selected projects take place?

    Funded projects must take place between August-October 2019. Applications submitted for projects/activities after October 2019 will not be considered.

How will you ensure that the person voting online meets the demographic requirements to participate?

    Online voters are required to enter age and birth date before accessing the ballot.

Can individuals apply for funding for more than one category?

    No. Our goal is to support as many organizations and individuals doing impactful work as possible. We encourage organizations that apply to develop their strongest application for a specific focus area.

How did you identify project ideas for the youth to vote on?

    Through youth-led interviews, youth were asked to identify what stress and trauma looks like in their life, share about their experiences with trauma in their community as well as their access to trauma-informed resources. Using this information, the ReCAST Minneapolis program identified four funding categories where youth feel unsupported: law enforcement, public transit, community support, and communication around trauma.

If I have additional questions not answered here, who should I contact?

    Emails with questions about the youth participatory budgeting project should be directed to [email protected].


Last updated Aug 2, 2019



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