CHICAGO — Mayor Brandon Johnson’s office and the Chicago Office of Budget and Management are extending an invitation to youth aged 13 to 24 for a special Youth Budget Roundtable. The purpose of the roundtable is to gather feedback on utilizing the city’s budget to enhance the lives of young Chicagoans and to foster a better, stronger, and safer city.
Scheduled for July 25 at 5:30 p.m., the event will be held at the Harold Washington Library in the Winter Garden on the 9th floor. Mayor Johnson’s initiative aims to prioritize the input of Chicago’s youth in the decision-making process concerning the city’s future.
“As a former teacher, I know what it’s like to look into a child’s eyes and see a longing for hope, and for a city and communities they can be proud of,” Mayor Johnson said.
“This Youth Budget Roundtable allows our young people the opportunity to chart their own path in fulfilling that vision for hope, and become stewards for their own futures and eventual leadership of our city,” said Johnson.
Additionally, five participants between the ages of 16 and 24 will be randomly selected to receive two four-day passes to Lollapalooza. Doors will open 45 minutes prior to the event, with limited seating available for adult chaperones to attend as observers but not actively participate in the discussion. Pre-registration is mandatory, and interested youth can register here.