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.

Interested in a virtual on in-person Budget Challenge event? As part of our efforts to help educate Californians on the state budget process during the COVID-19 pandemic, we have developed a virtual California Budget Challenge presentation in addition to our usual in-person version. To learn more or inquire about Next 10 hosting a virtual or in-person presentation, please contact or call us at (415) 957-0202.

Please check out the links below to view the resources available (presentation last updated in June 2023 for the 2023-24 budget), and feel free to reach out with any questions or comments. More resources, including our new Budget Basics series of two-page backgrounders, are available here.