MAPSCorps (Meaningful, Active, Productive Science in Service to Community)
MAPSCorps (Meaningful, Active, Productive Science in Service to Community) is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit based in the South Side of Chicago, Illinois. The MAPSCorps program was developed at the University of Chicago beginning in 2009 and now has operations in various regions, including a project site in Edgecombe and Nash counties, North Carolina.
Since 2016, each summer, MAPSCorps Edgecombe and Nash employs and trains local high school students, mentored by college students, to visit every block of their community, systematically collecting and coding data about public-facing businesses and organizations in their communities. In addition to data collection, during the summer, the high school students also conduct summer-long research projects about pertaining to various health-related social topics in their communities. At the end of each summer, students present their findings, summarize their data collection efforts at an annual Scientific Symposium event. Since 2016, over 50 local high school and 25 college students and research assistants participated in the program have mapped over 5,000 active assets and counting!
Are you a young adult interested in helping your community? MAPSCorps — supported by Project Momentum, UNC-Chapel Hill, and MAPSCorps Chicago — will be offering employment in Edgecombe and Nash counties in summer 2021. We will finalize details as public safety guidelines evolve.
If you are a community member who is interested in accessing the data collected through the MAPSCorps program, please contact us.