Our in school and in out of school programs can have a transformative effect on children and youth while meeting educational standards. Moreover, the place-based skills involved in Green Mapmaking are effective green job training.
Involving youth in Green Mapmaking builds capacity for articulate, informed leadership, both in school and in the community. Train the trainer workshops, workshops and presentations for educators and youth themselves have helped a diversity of projects succeed. Gaining valuable skills in communications, critical assessment, biodiversity awareness, collaboration and a voice in the community's healthier and greener future are all part of the process!
Knowing how financial considerations can constrain sustainability education, we have created climate-healthy Energy and Environment Exploration modules for teens that are (currently) free to download in Global and New York editions (educator's guide included). Download Flyer and explore our Youth section to learn more about our adaptable tools for use in classrooms, camps, congregations and clubs. Let us know if we can help you create a special program or resource for your children, school or community group.
The first case study and highlights are below, with more to come.
Summer Youth Collaboration
Red Hook Brooklyn is a rapidly changing community. In 2009, its environment became the theme for a summer Green Map project that melded fun, eco literacy and media training, as seen in the slideshow created by Jordan Pender, Community Visioning Specialist for Partnership for Parks, a joint program of City Parks Foundation and the New York City Department of Parks & Recreation.
Good News! in Summer 2012, this project is being extended to Soundview Park in The Bronx, Kaiser Calvert Vaux Park in Queens and East River Park in Manhattan by Partnership for Parks!
Explore this youth-perspective Open Green Map in full at OpenGreenMap.org/Redhook then see the students' video for more insights into experiential learning.
Jordan and her colleague Sarit Platkin took part in our Summer 2009 Green Map Internship training program as their work with Red Hook youth got underway. As seen at this blog, a group of high school and university students began with a two day training led by Andrew Fenster at our office. Introduced to our methods, materials, interactive mapping platform and our archive of Green Maps created around the world, Jordan and Sarit went on to accomplish great things!
Training included a tour of green sites in the East Village.
Carlos Martinez, Green Map's Director of Programs spent a few months back in his hometown Pereira Colombia in 2005-2006, and held several workshops introducing students of all ages to Green Mapmaking. Continuing to work with Fundacion Geovida, remarkable outcomes include portable mural Green Maps, videos, and students helping Green Mapmaking take root in new communities. Find out more in the story he wrote for the Green Map Impacts book.
In rural Robeson County North Carolina, the Green Map project involved educators and their students throughout the County under the direction of the nonprofit Center for Community Action. Green Map System provided capacity and design assistance, training for youth and workshops for teachers and parents throughout the mapmaking process as featured in the Green Map Atlas. Download it here.
This youth ecotourism venture is an outcome of the Green Map project. Explore the Lumber River by kayak and learn about its role in Robeson's natural and cultural history
In Tororo Uganda, geography teacher Odulla Joseph created Africa's first Green Map with youth and adults at the Liberty Christian Center in 1999. Green Map provided all materials and guidance by mail to lower barriers to participation, and was delighted by the outcome. This short video explains more of what the project accomplished for the community.