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Participatory Youth Mapping


Participatory Youth Mapping

DARCY VARNEY, LAURA MAKAR, AMANDA WEAVER AND DEBORAH THOMAS

During summer 2005, the research team worked with a group of middle school students to map hazards in their community. The goals of the project were to train youth who live in northwest Denver to research ways in which the multiple environmental risks and harms they face affect their health, mobility and participation in their community; and to identify institutional and policy barriers to detecting and solving the environmental health issues with which they are concerned. On Nov. 16, 2005 (GIS Day), these students visited the UC Denver Downtown Campus to present their work to one of the GIS classes taught in the Department of Geography and Environmental Sciences, when they demonstrated their GIS capabilities.