YC MappingYC Mapping: Showcase of
Youth Community Mapping Projects

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Our young people, always the first to embrace the benefits of technology, are increasingly exploring their rural areas, towns, and cities using Global Positioning Systems (GPS) and the data from those devices, and using Geographic Information Systems (GIS) - the hardware, software, and data to manage and analyze geographic information.

In recent years, over 1,000 U.S. counties are building mapping systems that represent their community.

These visualizations, are often of conditions that need improvement and then presented to government officials, public meetings, local fairs and other events.

In many instances, these presentations have led government and civic community leaders to improve conditions and expand services.

Here are just a few benefits to the youth:

  • Improved school attendence

  • Presentation & communication skills

  • Understanding of communities

  • Building values that support others

  • Building teamwork skills

  • Appreciation of their environment

  • Critical thinking skills

  • Improved school performance

  • Improved physical fitness

  • Learning employable skills

  • Improved graduation rates

  • College preparedness

Here are just a few benefits to the communities:

  • Improved saftey - fire resource mapping; street maps; studies on routes to school

  • Studies of recreation areas - trails, park facilities, and managing the environment

  • Studies of farms, farmers markets, and local growers

  • Maps and data about historic sites, tourist attractions, and cultural landmarks

  • Emergency services studies - evacuation routes, and disaster services

  • Animal habitat studies - improving the ecological niches of wildlife

  • Fish and game studies - helping improve hunting and fishing opportunities

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