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YLI Staff Learn to Apply Google Mapping Tools to Community Change

Community Based Programs | April Hoogasian and Kristen Law | Wednesday March 30, 2011 2:45

The Institute at the Golden Gate at Cavallo Point Lodge in Sausalito held a Google Earth Outreach Training on February 16th and 17th. Kristen Law and April Hoogasian, of the Youth Leadership Institute attended the two day training along with staff from non-profits from around the nation. 

Google Earth Outreach gives non-profits and public benefit organizations the knowledge and resources they need to visualize their cause and tell their story in Google Earth & Maps. Tools presented during the two day workshop included Google My Maps, Google Earth and fusion tables. Presenters shared innovative applications of the Outreach Tools providing comprehensive instructions of how to best utilize the tools.

Google mapping tools can empower youth and community members to create positive social change. Coupled with existing YLI curriculum, Google mapping tools will allow youth to comprehensively document and critically examine their communities. Youth can use their maps to communicate their experiences and visions for change with other youth and key stakeholders. Given the many features of Google maps youth will have the ability to customize maps with personalized text, photos, videos, and more. The outcome is a unique communication tool that can be used to catalyze important community-level dialogue regarding local needs, assets and strategies for change.