Anyone can participate in the California Budget Challenge by trying out the online tool, but in addition to the web version, Next 10 travels throughout the state to conduct in-person, interactive budget workshops using the California Budget Challenge. We have hosted Budget Challenge events for more than ten years, with a diverse array of participants including school groups, non-profit organizations, and assemblymember town halls.

Participants at these events are able to discuss the same policy questions that are included in the online version of the Challenge and vote on each of the choices in real-time, using instant-response clickers. The audience gets a chance to discuss each of the different choices and their views on the budget tradeoffs and solutions being presented. At the end of the event, participants will have worked together to balance the state budget. To learn more or to invite Next 10 to present at your town hall event or in your classroom, please contact or call us at (415) 957-0202.

Interested in hosting your own Budget Challenge event? As part of our efforts to help educate Californians on the state budget process, we have also developed new materials this year to help classes and groups host their own California Budget Challenge presentation event. Please check out the links below to view the resources available, and feel free to reach out with any questions or comments.