Where does the U.S. budget come from? Approximately $1.48 trillion of the $3.8 trillion federal budget comes from income taxes from individuals. What are income taxes? What is that money spent on? Who decides?

In the winter of 2016, CUP collaborated with Julia Joseph’s 11th grade U.S. History class at the International Community High School in the Bronx to learn about income taxes and investigate the funding of local, state, and federal governments.

To investigate, students participated in a scavenger hunt to find signs of tax funded programs in their neighborhood, surveyed community members about income taxes, and imagined ways government funding could be different. This booklet is a guide to what they discovered.

Get your own booklet here!

What People are Saying

“This was a fun and new experience for me. We learned how to collaborate and interview. We used art as a way to help us learn.” – Mei Ling Chen, student

“I would use one word to describe this project: wonderful.” – Joel Ferreiras, student

“This project happened in the real world and dealt with a real world topic. It made learning fun and we created something that can really be used to teach others.” – Ronel Bonifacio, student

Resources & Links

International Community High School is a progressive high school in the South Bronx for English Language Learners.

Funding Support

This project was made possible by the Bay and Paul Foundations and the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs in partnership with the City Council. Additional support was provided by Council Member Melissa Mark-Viverito.

Special Thanks

Claire Duvernet and Jazlyn Patricio-Archer


  • CUP
  • Teaching Artists
  • Lyndsey Pressley
  • Jenn Anne Williams
  • Project Lead
  • Jenn Anne Williams

  • Project Support
  • Christine Gaspar 
  • Designer
  • Deja Holden
  • The International Community High School 
  • Students
  • Zeinab Abboud

    Khadiza Akhter

    Anthony Alejo Castillo

    Alpha Oumar Bah

    Joksan Banegas Moran

    Yelitza Marrera

    Rone Begum

    Ronel Bonifacio

    Suggeily Caraballo

    Cesarina Checo

    Mei Ling Chen

    Mariama Diallo

    Eduard Diaz

    Zaibel Diaz Baez

    Joel Ferreiras

    Anthony Loveras

    Richard Mancebo

    Victor Mendoza

    Luis Jose Nunez

    Monserrat Pina Mejia

    Jonathan Restituyo

    Anthony Rosa Compres

    Javier Santos

    Irma Solano

    Aboubak Sourmare

    Rony Tejeda Sosa

  • Classroom Teacher
  • Julia Joseph