Hey there, fellow changemakers! Today, we're diving into an incredible story of young minds driving change in their community. It's all about the Southern Leyte State U (SLSU) Youthmappers and their journey into the world of community mapping. Grab a seat, and let's get inspired!

A Spark of Transformation

A group of students at SLSU, fueled by a burning desire to make a difference, decided to roll up their sleeves and take action. They had a secret weapon – geographic information systems (GIS) and mapping skills. These students saw that they could use these skills to bring about real change in their community. They knew technology was a game-changer, and they are ready to harness its power. With the use of their laptops and with the power of OpenStreetMap, they set a whole lot of enthusiasm to map their community.

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OpenStreetMap, the collaborative mapping platform, became their canvas. With each keystroke and click, they breathed life into their vision of a better community. Every road, building, and significant location underwent thorough mapping, converting raw data into a potent instrument for community advancement. But here's the thing – these students weren't just making pretty maps. They were mapping for change. One of their first projects was tackling the issue of flooding around the area of Sogod, Southern Leyte. They ventured into their community, mapping out areas prone to floods. Why? So they could help local authorities better prepare and respond to disasters.

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The SLSU Youthmappers understood that they couldn't do it alone. They knew that sharing knowledge was key to creating lasting change. So, they started hosting workshops and training sessions on Openstreetmap and QGIS and one of the training that they conducted is the Training - workshop on geospatial technology and open mapping for climate - resilience governance: empowering SK leader's for effective community action. The goal of this training and workshop is to provide flood risk maps to possible affected barangays and examine possible actions that can be taken to lessen the risk of hazards to the affected areas. They also taught others how to use mapping tools and encouraged their fellow students, faculties, and community members to take the reins. They weren't just building maps; they were building a community of mappers!

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Through countless hours of work and the collaborative spirit that defines the youth, they compiled a comprehensive map that not only showcased geographic features but also community resources, potential hazards, and areas for improvement. This map was more than lines and symbols; it was a blueprint for change.

The SLSU Youthmappers demonstrated that youth can be architects of transformation. They proved that with determination, technology, and the right tools, they can create a brighter future for their community. Their story is a testament to the power of youth-driven initiatives. It's an inspiration for other young individuals and communities worldwide, showing that when passion meets purpose, incredible things happen.

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As we reflect on the journey of the SLSU Youthmappers, let us remember that the spark of transformation can ignite from the most unexpected places. In the hearts of young individuals, armed with the tools of technology and driven by a shared purpose, lies the potential for lasting change.

Location: Rizal, Zone 1, Southern Leyte, Eastern Visayas, Philippines

Comment from pedrito1414 on 18 September 2023 at 06:04

Nice diary! Thanks for sharing… Would be great to see the map! ;)

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