Youth Neighborhood Mapping Initiative


Initial setup: 30 min depending on technological ability
Maintenance: ongoing

Computer with Internet access


  • To provide participants with a means for communicating with others that are not located in their area

  • To allow outsiders to track the changes that are occurring throughout the project

  • To increase the dialogue between youth planners and the various groups of stakeholders. 


Begin by having participants go to where they can set up an account.  In order to setup an account with blogger, everyone will be required to setup an account with Google.  The steps are fairly easy and self explanatory. 

After the initial setup and trial post, participants are required to make one entry per week on something that they learned.  Further, group members are required to periodically check the blog to see if someone has left a comment at which time they should reply and answer any questions that may have been posed.

Examples from the 2007 YNMI project can be found here:

Peabody Soul

Youth Mappers

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