Advocacy

The Far Rockaway/Arverne Nonprofit Coalition understands that there is power in coming together as a strong voice for issues impacting youth in Rockaway. In order to achieve its mission, the Coalition engages in local advocacy efforts that impact Rockaway youth and/or youth service providers. Past campaigns have included:

  • Fought proposed budget cuts to DYCD Out-of-School Time (OST) funding through letter writing, successfully securing funding for three years

  • Played a role in organizing the nonprofit community in the aftermath of Hurricane Sandy 

  • Took an active leadership role in the Participatory Budgeting process in District 31, participating as budget delegates to improve the community for (and with) youth


 

What is Participatory Budgeting?                                                 

The Participatory Budgeting process, introduced to New York City in 2011, allows community residents to directly decide how to spend a portion of the city budget. In 2014, community residents in District 31 decided how to spend $1 million of the Councilman Donovan Richards’ discretionary capital funds.

The Far Rockaway/Arverne Nonprofit Coalition took an active leadership role in this democratic process, helping to transform community ideas into project proposals. The Coalition, in partnership with other organizations and community leaders, was heavily involved in the Participatory Budgeting Youth Committee of budget delegates, which focused on improving the community for youth. 

More than 2,000 people voted in District 31, and several wonderful proposals won, including: 

  • Library Technology Upgrades for the Far Rockaway Educational Campus ($150K)
  • Bayswater Park Improvements ($682K)
  • Computer Lab Upgrades at PS/MS 43 ($100K)
  • Gym Renovations at the Far Rockaway Educational Campus ($125K) 
  • Community Center Playground Replacement at the Redfern Community Center ($100K)

The Coalition looks forward to participating in the Participatory Budgeting process in the future! 

To learn more about Participatory Budgeting, click here.