Calling all youth innovators, UNICEF needs your help!

Posted September 9, 2013 Avatar Joe @unicefgis

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Youth Mapper in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

Youth Mapper in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

If you are between the ages of 18-25, an active social media user, and have a desire to improve the environment in your community and the world please apply to help UNICEF innovate at http://bit.ly/14r8hlZ.

If chosen you will join other youth leaders from around the world helping UNICEF develop its new youth civic mapping system. All applications submitted before September 12th, 2013 will be considered, however only those selected will be contacted.

During the month of August 25 youth innovators partnered with UNICEF to become prototype testers for a new mapping technology. The young people responded to an Urgent Call for Voices of Youth Mappers and submitted an application describing why they wanted to test the UNICEF Urgency Rank. Over 140 young people applied, and 25 were selected to test the prototype.

The prototype test was originally conceived as a way for the technical developers to locate glitches and bugs in the system, and see if the functionality of the technology could be understood. Thanks to the youth testers, we not only confirmed that they understood how the Urgency Rank system works, but they also actively found innovative ways to use it as a platform to advocate for change.

By the the second week of August, all the youth had successfully completed their basic system test and were burning to do more. Youth demanded a space on the map to upload actual reports. Four categories were created: water issues, sanitation problems, garbage disposal and natural resources. The youth reports that followed demonstrate a powerful desire and ability to show the world the environmental issues they face every day. The testers then wanted to know how they could use the map to advocate for change. To start, they came up with the idea of adding a “Services and Sources of Resilience” map to the prototype.

Now we need more help! Based on the amazing response we’ve received we are looking for a second round of 25 young people to help us in planning the next developments for the UNICEF Urgency Rank. So if you are between the ages of 18-25, an active social media user, and have a desire to make change in your community and the world please apply http://bit.ly/14r8hlZ.






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