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Patricia Solís, Ph.D.

Arizona State University

Nuala Cowan, Ph.D.

George Washington University

Brent McCusker, Ph.D.

West Virginia University

Carrie Stokes

USAID GeoCenter

Marcela Zeballos

Texas Tech University

Chad Blevins

Technical Advisor

Dara Carney-Nedelman

Communications Specialist

Jennings Anderson

Data Systems Analysis and Visualizations

Rory Nealon

USAID GeoCenter


Students and their faculty advisors in the US and in developing nations are invited to join YouthMappers, an international university consortium on Mapping for Resilience.  The consortium organizes a global community of learners, researchers, educators, and scholars to create and use open geographic data that directly address locally defined development challenges worldwide.  


The program supports university efforts to offer meaningful global learning experiences, build a socially engaged citizenry, enhance long-term scientific capacity around the world, and foster youth leadership.


Affiliation offers the chance to network with others around the world and exchange information, ideas, and results and to find ways to apply knowledge to development decision making. University students and their advisors  receive instruction, model syllabi and teaching and learning resources to develop and improve open mapping inside and outside of the classroom.


Participating researchers benefit from the development and exchange about spatial analytical methods that lead to greater understanding of resilience. There is no cost for affiliation or enjoying the benefits of being a part of the consortium. ​

Begin by starting a youth-led chapter of YouthMappers on your campus. Then join in the various activities of data creation that the network promotes that directly serves development needs in the international community. 


The United States Agency for International Development (USAID) generously supports this program. Founding partners are Texas Tech University, The George Washington University, and West Virginia University. Arizona State University is the lead fiscal and administrative partner, in collaboration with TTU, GWU and WVU.

Director, Principal Investigator

Patricia Solis, Ph.D., Arizona State University

Co-Principal Investigators

Nuala Cowan, Ph.D., The George Washington University

Brent McCusker, Ph.D., West Virginia University, 

Managing Director

Marcela Zeballos, Texas Tech University

Communications Specialist

Dara Carney-Nedelman

Technical Advisor

Chad Blevins

Steering Committee Members

Dr. Ryan Engstrom, The George Washington University

Richard Hinton, The George Washington University

Dr. Michael Mann, The George Washington University

Dr. Marie Price, The George Washington University

Dr. Jamison Conley, West Virginia University


Carrie Stokes, Director of the USAID GeoCenter

Michael Crino, Deputy Director and Program Officer

Rory Nealon, Senior GIS Analyst and YouthMappers Activity Manager 

The consortium was created in 2014 and launched on Capitol Hill in November 2015. Watch this recording of the event, including remarks from Carrie Stokes, USAID GeoCenter Director; Ann Mei Chang, Director of the US Global Development Lab at USAID; Solis; Prasamsa Thapa, Student from Nepal; Ellie Davis, GWU student; and Nama Budhathoki of Katmandu Living Labs.

Finalist for the Service to America Medal, Carrie Stokes discusses in a TV interview with Government Matters, the work she and her team are doing that earned them this in the National Security and International Affairs category.

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