Since FirstRoot was created, there’s been a significant progress on our app’s product development, with increasing and continuous releases, we’ve managed to have Participatory Budgeting pilot programs in schools.

FirstRoot School Fund Annual Report 2021

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Purdue Polytechnic High School

Indianapolis, IN – At PPHS, high school students had the opportunity to collaborate and invest a $2,500 budget. After ideation and voting, participants decided to invest in a new mini-library, a new pergola for the school, names in sports gear, play music in between classes, and a brand new dance club.

Academy of American Studies

New York, NY – At the Academy, high school students used our Participatory Budgeting app to invest $2000 in some surprising ways. In addition to purchasing equipment for the science lab and a 3D printer, the #1 vote recipient was new feminine hygiene product dispensers for all the women’s restrooms.

Huegel Elementary

Madison, WI – At Huegel Elementary, three 5th grade classes were each given $500 to invest in their school. The students decided to pool their investment capital to make a bigger impact. Winning proposals included a new tree for the school garden, a new soccer goal for the playground, and graduation caps.

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