Tri-County Youth Services Bureau

COMMUNITY YOUTH MAPPING in Lexington Park

COMMUNITY YOUTH MAPPING in Lexington Park

A STEERING COMMITTEE CAMPAIGNING FOR A COMMUNITY/YOUTH

CENTER IN LEXINGTON PARK, IS NOW LAUNCHING A SUMMER PROJECT,

“COMMUNITY YOUTH MAPPING,” TO INVENTORY LOCAL RESOURCES FOR

YOUNG PEOPLE AND FAMILIES AND INFORM PLANNING FOR A

COMMUNITY CENTER

LEXINGTON PARK, MD (May 10) – This summer, approximately 25 young people

ages 15-20 will be conducting a block-by-block inventory of resources in the Lexington

Park/Great Mills/Park Hall/California area. For six weeks, the young people will comb

the community, surveying the public in commercial areas, and interviewing

representatives of agencies and local businesses. Their objective is to collect detailed

information about the nature of places, people and activities of relevance to young

people, their families and the community.

The Community Youth Mapping project has been identified and organized by the

Steering Committee of a Campaign for a Community/Youth Center, with representation

drawn from various community organizations that share a common concern for young

people and for the health and vitality of the Lexington Park area. These include, but are

not limited to: the St. Mary’s County NAACP, Walden Sierra, the St. Mary’s County

Public Library, Bright Futures Enlightenment, Basketball4LYFE, Community Mediation

of St. Mary’s County, St. Mary’s College of Maryland, the St. Mary’s County Community

Development Corporation, and Tri-County Youth Services Bureau. Expert guidance is

being provided by Block-by-Block Consulting, formerly the AED/Center for Youth

Development and Policy Research.

The Youth Mappers will enter the collected information into a database on a daily basis.

By the end of the summer, our community will have information with which to discuss

needs and gaps, opportunities for additional activities, and first steps toward establishing

a Community Center with a strong focus on young people. The data will also result in a

smartphone App with which young people, their parents, mentors, educators and the

broader community can identify activities according to interest or date and time.

Recruitment of Youth Mappers, three Field Supervisors and a Project Coordinator begins

the week of May 8. Mappers’ applications are due by May 24th; others on May 30th.

Interested parties may email a copy of their resume, or a letter of interest to

info@tcysb.org

, or access an application at www.tcysb.org, or fax to (301) 645-9169.

For More Information, please contact:

Marcia Greenberg, Subcommittee Chair for Community Youth Mapping

The Steering Committee for a Community/Youth Center in Lexington Park

megreenberg@md.metrocast.net

; 301-862-2930, or

Laurel James, Executive Director,

Tri-County Youth Services Bureau

ljames@tcysb.org

; 301-643-0943