Youth Education


Engaging youth in the science, technology, and mathematics of spatial analysis and the art of cartography and visual design.

AMP Centers provide extracurricular educational opportunities for high school students to earn high school credit while gaining experience with GIS and helping to facilitate the production of participatory data about their own communities.

The educational outcomes of the Action Mapping Project are woven tightly with current emphases to improve STEAM (science, technology, engineering, arts, and mathematics) education.

The Action Mapping Project provides a unique opportunity for Tacoma’s high school students. By joining a community mapping team, students are introduced to an aspect of STEAM education – GIS for community improvement – that has countless career pathways.


Connecting youth with college students and professors, while building skills necessary for admission to Urban Studies at UW Tacoma.

The high school students who serve as AMP Center Community Mappers have the opportunity to gain direct admission to the UW Tacoma Urban Studies degree program in GIS and Spatial Planning as well as the UW Tacoma GIS Certificate Program upon graduation from high school.

For particularly ambitious Community Mappers, there is a pathway to post-baccalaureate Graduate-level GIS education in the Urban Studies Program at UW Tacoma following completion of the undergraduate GIS curriculum.

Undergraduate and graduate students from these programs at UW Tacoma have had great success in the local and regional employment markets.

Contact Us

Contact Dr. Matt Kelley, Project Director