Community Youth Mapping
Community Youth Mapping empowers and trains youth to map existing and potential opportunities for community involvement and activities for themselves and their families. During the summer of 2018, 27 teens participated in a six-week community mapping project in the Maryvale neighborhood, a community in the west Phoenix area. The teens were guided by field supervisors as they conducted a block-by-block inventory of businesses and organizations in the community to identify health and social services, resources, and other opportunities available to youth and their families. The teens also surveyed community members to gather the community perceptions of the health and wellness of the community. The data collected by teens is available to use in order to better inform organizations working in Maryvale, as well as an opportunity to inform the community about gaps in youth services. The teen also participated in weekly enrichment days in order to develop skills in areas such as healthy relationships, stress management, teambuilding, and nutrition.
Are you a business or organization that serves youth and families in the Maryvale area and are looking for data on Maryvale? Contact us to get the data the youth collected. The youth collected two surveys, one from people in the community and one from businesses and organizations. The data is for anyone in the community to use in order to better inform services in the community.
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People Survey - Key Findings
- The youth interviewed a total of 525 people
- Respondents were asked if any factors posed a problem for youth and/or families in Maryvale and over half said that the lack of information on activities/programs was an issue for youth and/or families in Maryvale.
- About a third (64%) of respondents reported not knowing where to access reproductive health services.
- 51% of respondents within the 14-17 age group reported not knowing where to access reproductive health services.
- 41% of respondents reported lacking dental care and 39% reported lacking health care for their families.
- 69% of respondents support changing the age of buying tobacco products from 18 to 21.
- Respondents felt that drugs were one of the most common perceived barriers for youth success.
- Respondents were asked their top three concerns about Maryvale- responses surrounding drugs and violence/crime/safety were the most common. Other common themes were homelessness, lack of good education, lack of programs, lack of cleanliness, lack of opportunities, lack of opportunities and jobs, and high theft/robbery in the community.
Places Survey - Key Findings
The youth interviewed a total of 330 organizations in Maryvale. 58% of the places they interviewed identified at businesses.
Almost half of the organizations did not offer opportunities for youth. Youth employment was the most common answer. Most organizations were also not interested in developing new or expanded activities or programs for youth, however all five youth center buildings were interested in expanding youth services.
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Teens who participated in the Map My Maryvale program wanted to work on making a healthy change in their community after their experiences over the summer. With funding from the Vitalyst Health Foundation, they formed a Youth Steering Committee and are focusing on increasing community safety. The teens have been addressing the issue of the lack or street lights or streetlights that were not working. They created their campaign Make Maryvale Brighter and are focusing on educating the community on how to submit a request to get a streetlight fixed to the city, submitting requests for specific lights and meeting with city officials in order to make the system easier to access. They are also working to think of new and innovative ways to decrease pedestrian and car fatalities and injuries.
Follow them on Instagram at MapMyMaryvale.