4-H club members who are members of the Mayor's Youth Advisory Council in Decatur, IL collected information on “green” resources in their community. The project was one of the first steps in the Sustainable Decatur Initiative. These high school students partnered with the city’s environmental planner and collected data on the location and type of “green” resources, ranging from parks to trash collectors to recycling centers. To take a look at this club’s green map project, go to www.greenmap.org and search for Decatur.
4-H club members in Monroe County, Illinois build partnerships to map and raise awareness of diverse community resources. Projects include restaurant map, park trails for local nature preserve, and a tree inventory. GIS Project Partnerships Build Knowledge of Community Resources (PDF)
This 4-H group in North Carolina mapped out grocery and convenience stores in their county and tracked the stores with healthy food options. Taking it one step further, they teamed up with local health advocacy group, Advocates for Health in Action. Together, they initiated a campaign to improve food selections in stores throughout the community. They persuaded store owners to add better choices, an inspiring act and a victory in the fight against obesity.http://www.4-h.org/about/revolution/stories-of-responsibility/featured/vivian/ and http://web.ceo.ncsu.edu/aha/
See examples of 4-H Youth map projects that are presented at the annual ESRI conference in San Diego. Reflections on Youth and Community GIS Exhibit
Teams of 4-H youth leaders from each state are invited to present at this conference and participate in a nationwide GIS/GPS Youth Leadership Team
See how other youth are making a difference in their community! A showcase of youth community mapping projects from across the United States. http://www.ace.org/