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Vassar College’s Hudson Valley Mappers Celebrates One Year as a YouthMappers Chapter

This September, Vassar College’s Hudson Valley Mappers celebrates the one year anniversary of its founding and establishment as a YouthMappers chapter. Adele Birkenes, president and co-founder of the group, and Lydia Hatfield, Community Wealth Building Coordinator at Hudson River Housing (HRH), share reflections on the chapter’s first year and goals for the year ahead. Adele: During the past year, Hudson Valley Mappers has solidified its identity as a student-led group dedicated to community mapping work in Poughkeepsie. In November, we partnered with the City of Poughkeepsie’s Planning Board to host our inaugural event, Mapping Our Community, where we mapped empty tree pits and lawns in sup

The world is a handkerchief...

...and through YouthMappers you can help to make it a beautiful one. Since I was little, I've heard the expression: “The world is a handkerchief” all the time, I've even used it several times myself. It is the translation of a very popular saying in Spanish to refer to the fact that the world is not as big as we think, that is, we as humans have much more in common than we think we do. Come to Latin America for instance, and “El mundo es un pañuelo” you may hear, but over the last year I have been thinking about this a lot. About a year ago I started to be part of the 2018 YouthMappers research fellowship (to see more about this experience see the linked blogs below), an experience that chan

UZMappers team: I map, I save, Cyclone Idai Mapathon

As the chapter was recently introduced to the rest of the College at the University of Zimbabwe, it is sad that the eastern part of the country fell tragedy to the tropical cyclone Idai, which was named in Shona meaning "Love". The trail of the cyclone clearly showed no love as it ravaged through Mozambique and eastern Zimbabwe. UZMappers, the official YouthMappers chapter at the University of Zimbabwe, took the initiative to organize a mapathon 20-22 March 2019 to map the pre-cyclone status of building from the satellite imagery using OpenStreetMap. This mapathon started with 34 active members and went on to be completed in shifts of 10-15 students per mapping session to complete the tasks

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