Binghamton’s youth are the future of our city. Their voice needs to be heard loud and clear, and their vision for the Binghamton of tomorrow must be central to our planning effort. Working with the Youth Bureau and the Binghamton City School District, City staff have visited classrooms with important lessons, cultivating a cadre of concerned citizens and inspiring planners-to-be.

  • Over 100 5th graders from Horace Mann and Theodore Roosevelt Elementary Schools wrote and illustrated essays about their neighborhood as it is today, and their ideal neighborhood as they envision it in the future. The art and essays were displayed at City Hall and also within the Project Design Studio when it reopened with special exhibits designed for young people in Binghamton. Seven winners were selected! See their work below.
  • 212 students in 11th and 12th grade at Binghamton High School participated in eight sessions, generating thorough lists of Binghamton’s Strengths, Weaknesses, and Suggested Solutions for the future. 
  • About 20 planning students from Binghamton University participated in a focus group sharing their thoughts about why they chose Binghamton, what they like best about the city, what would make them more likely to remain in Binghamton after graduation, and what would make the city more competitive in attracting graduates and young professionals.

Outside the classroom, kids, teens, and parents have had other opportunities to lend their voice and vision to help create Blueprint Binghamton.

  • Stand for Children Anti-Bully Rally – City planning staff hosted a table at the event in Recreation Park. Over 40 kids stopped by the table, and before they could earn a Blueprint Binghamton sticker, they had to vote on what would make Binghamton a safer city. 
  • Juneteenth Celebration – City planning staff hosted two tables at the event in Columbus Park, one for kids and one for adults. Again, over 40 kids shared their thoughts on what would make Binghamton a safer city for children, and adults shared their priorities looking forward.
  • Pop-Up Gallery, Special Edition for Kids – City planning staff, Blueprint Binghamton volunteers, and ten teens from the Cornell Cooperative Extension’s CitizenU program hosted a youth-focused version of the Pop-Up Gallery with the interactive exhibits retooled to be kid-friendly. More than 200 kids and parents came out and weighed in. The Binghamton University men’s and women’s basketball teams ran clinics for youth. The B-Mets donated eight tickets for a raffle, and their mascot, Buddy the Bee was there to help out. A local teen Irish dancing troupe performed as well.

Thank you to the young people of Binghamton for making your voices heard!