We created the ‘mapsite’ process as a way to engage young people in finding and describing the opportunities that exist in their own communities. Young people identify potential resources — businesses, hospitals, artisans, town workers — and find out more about them. They conduct their own interviews, write up their findings, and post them on resource-mapped websites for their peers. Mappers come from a variety of places: high school journalism classes, hands-on career-exploration classes, community agencies and youth groups of all kinds. Youth Catalytics developed this customized, GPS-enabled website to display mapped resources, and we make that technology available to other communities for their own mapping projects.

Contact Melanie Wilson about training, technical assistance or software to create your own mapping website.