Reflections on the 2018 YouthMappers Research Fellowship Symposium

Hi! My name is Adele Birkenes, and I am a rising junior and a Geography major at Vassar College in Poughkeepsie, NY. This summer, I am serving as the geospatial analysis intern at the United States Agency for International Development (USAID) GeoCenter. During my first week and a half on the job, I had the privilege of attending the YouthMappers Research Fellowship Symposium as an observational participant. As 2018 Research Fellow Ingrid Martha Kintu describes in her blog post, the symposium took place at The George Washington University (GWU) and West Virginia University (WVU) from June 3-15, 2018. It featured interactive training sessions on using mapping software and conducting community-

Girls in Mapping

My name is Rubaina Chalpang Adam, a 3rd year Geomatic Engineering student of the University of Mines and Technology (UMaT) in Ghana. There was a point in time in one semester where I was reevaluating my school life and realized I needed more extracurricular activities to throw in the mix and around the same time our Faculty advisor, Dr. Naa Dedei Tagoe, made mention of something called YouthMappers to my class and told us about the training sessions the UMaT YouthMappers chapter were running, since it was in line with my course of study I thought to myself why not, I mean I've got nothing to lose. So, I went to the next OSM training they had and I found myself awestruck by what they were doi

Attending the 2018 YouthMappers Research Fellowship Workshop

From 3rd to 15th of June 2018, the selected student-mentor teams from different parts of the world, of which I was part, convened in the United States of America for a research methodology symposium. The first leg was held at The George Washington University (GWU) and the second at West Virginia University (WVU). While at GWU, the workshop started with cordial introductions and then followed by a video conference call with the 2017 YouthMappers Leadership Fellows. The fellows gave insights into how their fellowship had a great impact on them and how they have used what they learnt in their day-to-day activities which I personally found to be very inspiring. They also shared the challenges th

The benefits of being a YouthMapper

My name is Chris Eshun, I am a third-year student at the University of Mines and Technology, I study Bsc Geomatic Engineering. I had never heard of OpenStreetMap until 2017, and I must confess I was very amazed that such a mapping community existed. I only knew of Google Maps since childhood but when I learnt the benefit and impact OpenStreetMap is making in the world, I felt the passion and desire to help. Fortunately, my university has a YouthMappers chapter, UMat YouthMappers, and since 2017 they have been helping the student members contribute to OpenStreetMap. This experience has broadened my knowledge in GIS, Spatial Analysis, and taught me how to use data from OpenStreetMap to solve

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