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How to define Recreational Vehicles where they serve a different purpose?

The Phoenix metro area suffers from high summer heat, leading to a rash of indoor heat deaths, particularly among vulnerable populations, such as the elderly, low-income, unhoused, and mobile home dwellers. Data from the Maricopa County Public Health Department indicate that on average 25% of all indoor heat deaths occur in mobile homes. The research faculty and students of ASU's Knowledge Exchange for Resilience are working to understand what are the significant local issues, that lead to the disproportionate numbers of heat-related deaths in some areas. YouthMappers who are on this team are contributing by creating maps on OpenStreetMap for use in this research. The first step in this rese

AGRF 2019: An Experience of a Lifetime.

Where will you gain a lot of experience, leadership skills, and technical skills from different sectors if not from YouthMappers? My name is Gladys Adjei, YouthMappers Leadership Fellow and a member of the UCCYouthMappers chapter and I truly testify that YouthMappers is a global hub to build your capacity through mentorship programs and the opportunity to know of and access other good resources that you may never know existed in our various communities. It is a global organization for the youth to maximize their impact through voluntary service of mapping to close gaps in society. Also, YouthMappers are grounded in positive development principles and practices, in which young people are not

Bridging the Map: A tale of Diversity

State of the Map (SotM) is an annual meeting of mappers from around the world with discussions and workshops all around the free and open map of the world. The conference is hosted by the OpenStreetMap Foundation, an international not-for-profit organization that is dedicated to encouraging the growth, development and distribution of free geospatial data and providing geospatial data for anyone to use and share. The 2019 State of the Map event happened on September 21-23, 2019. This year SotM 2019 was held in partnership with the Institute of Geography of Heidelberg University in Germany. The event was themed Bridging the Map and invited people coming from different regions who in one way o

Whoever You Are, Your Data Fits in OSM

I’m a student at Arizona State University attending classes online. I’m also a typical non-traditional student at almost 35 years old, a veteran, and married with a 17-month-old son. Given my demographic data, I’m not exactly what you’d imagine when you hear the word “YouthMapper”. This summer I became a USAID GeoCenter YouthMappers Virtual Intern and found out that it doesn’t really matter who you are, you will be able to contribute to and learn from this program. When I first heard about the internship, I found out through the ASU School of Geographical Sciences and Urban Planning. The internship sounded like worthwhile experience and as a former Geography major the mapping sounded intere

Tourist town in crisis

There are many hidden gems in the Midwest but my favorite is the quaint little town of Grafton, Illinois. Grafton, located in Jersey County on the banks of the Mississippi River, is a town based off of tourism. There are many attractions that bring people to this beautiful area. Wineries, shops and unique restaurants that line the downtown region. A nearby state park with trails that go on for miles is also a must see. Though seemingly a perfect town, every year during the spring and summer seasons Grafton is subjected to massive flooding. Water covers the main road leading through the downtown area forcing the entire town to shut down. Spring of this year, flooding in Grafton reached over t

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