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YouthMappers Leadership Fellows Summit

The YouthMappers network invites applications to participate in the 2023 YouthMappers Leadership Fellows Summit. Undergraduate and graduate students currently enrolled in any field at an institution of higher education that has a YouthMappers chapter in good standing are welcome to apply. Criteria for selection include demonstrated leadership potential, technical abilities in open mapping, and strong communication skills.


YouthMappers will provide selected students with knowledge, skills and capacity training in open mapping techniques to help them enrich their chapter activities. They will also receive professional development, have access to mentoring by international experts, and engage in an online community with the other participants. The program provides travel support, including visa, airfare, lodging, and meals for a 10 day summit to be held in Jamaica in January 2023. The summit will include programming and training organized under three central themes: mapping for climate resilience, activating youth leadership, and promoting equity and inclusion. 


  • Mapping for climate resilience

  • Activating youth leadership

  • Promoting equity and inclusion


Fellows will be expected to return to their home chapters and implement activities based upon the knowledge, skills, or capacity they have learned. Activities may be tailored to the needs of their home chapter, including conducting leadership seminars, installing leadership transition plans, launching data collection efforts to fight climate impacts, initiating gender programming, developing allyship support, offering technical workshops, or many other options to be determined after the summit. They will then be expected to report back to YouthMappers through the submission of a blog detailing their experiences. 



  1. Applicants will apply by submitting a short form

  2. Applications will include a brief 2-page CV highlighting applicants' qualifications and interests in the summit themes. Upload your CV in the short application form. If there are any issues uploading your CV to the form or submitting the form, please email with your name in the subject line.

  3. Within the form, applicants will be asked to provide the FULL name and contact information of a faculty or mentor who has agreed to provide a reference and will be contacted by the program regarding this application.

Alumni, anyone previously awarded a fellowship or regional ambassadorship, and faculty advisors are unable to apply for this opportunity. Special priority will be given to students applying from chapters that have not previously had students with fellowships or ambassadors. The official language for applications, training and program communication for the summit is English. Please see additional eligibility criteria listed below.


Inquiries may be directed to: Please include your name and YouthMappers chapter in your email message.



  • YouthMappers students who have previously been awarded a fellowship or have served as regional ambassadors are unable to apply. 

  • Chapters in Good Standing have been formally approved by the YouthMappers Steering Committee and have submitted a 2021 annual report or have been created and approved by the YouthMappers steering committee in 2022.

  • Applicants are NOT required to be formal officers of the chapter but should be active members. There is NO LIMIT on the number of applicants considered per chapter, but the program may limit the number of selected participants for any given chapter or country in order to diversify participation. 

  • Preferred Countries include any country with a USAID presence and/or a YouthMappers chapter, including the United States. Applicants from the host country will be considered in a special preferred category. 



The 2023 YouthMappers Leadership Fellows Summit is organized by YouthMappers organizing institutions Arizona State University (fiscal lead), The George Washington University, West Virginia University, and Texas Tech University. This summit is supported by Cooperative Agreement Number: 7200AA18CA00015 Title: “YouthMappers® University Consortium: Building Open Spatial Data for Economic Development and Community Resilience” and the Gender Equity and Equality Action Fund through the GeoCenter of the United States Agency for

International Development award #AID-OAA-G-15-00007.

"In a world where inequality and segregation are an everyday trend, especially where women, girls and people with disabilities are the most vulnerable, we came to understand how we can utilize the Geospatial knowledge to create equal spaces for everyone regardless of their sex, race, religion, education background and status. Through all this experience, I understood that YouthMappers is a community that embraces everyone for who they are and not what they have."

By Kwadwo Agyenim-Boateng and Edith Namusamba

"All sessions were immeasurably incredible – I can’t say much other than that the Summit was rich with sessions from carefully selected experts, interactions with the greatest mentors, experience sharing from different parts of the world and most of all networking."

By Letwin Pondo

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