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Global Connections and Exchange 2014 Youth TechCamps: My Community, Our Earth Program 

on Geography, Mapping, Global Climate Change and Environment in Bolivia, Panama, and South Africa

The Association of American Geographers (AAG) is pleased to announce the Global Connections and Exchange; My Community, Our Earth (GCE MyCOE) Youth TechCamps taking place this summer in Bolivia, South Africa, and Panama. Each of the three 10-day training camps will focus on GeoTechnologies for Climate Change and the Environment. A total of 120 High school students from the United States, Bolivia, Panama, and South Africa were competitively selected from among hundreds of applications for the TechCamps based on a demonstrated interest in traveling internationally, familiarity with geographic technology, leadership aptitude, and service to the community. During the TechCamp, students will self-organize on cross-cultural teams to create youth-led local projects. All participants will receive academic preparation, orientation, mentoring and training in the use of GeoTechnologies such as online mapping, community GIS, mobile GPS, and crowd mapping, and will participate in cultural exchange activities. Students will work with the AAG team over the next year to learn how to use geographic technologies for climate change themes and implement a community project in collaboration with their teammates.

The Bolivia TechCamp is scheduled to take place in La Paz from June 30-July 9, 2014. The South Africa TechCamp is scheduled to take place in Pretoria from July 14-23, 2014 and the last TechCamp is scheduled for July 27-August 6, 2014 in Panama City, Panama. All student teams from all three rounds will continue to work through online collaboration next fall to finish their projects, which will then be showcased in an Online Youth Leadership Project Fair at the end of the program in national venues.
GCE MyCOE Youth TechCamps program is implemented by the AAG with funding from the US State Department's Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs Youth Programs Division under the Global Connections and Exchange Program and under the partnership umbrella of My Community, Our Earth (MyCOE): Geographic Learning for Sustainable Development. MyCOE is a U.S. Type II Public-Private Partnership established in 2001 in conjunction with the United Nations World Summit for Sustainable Development in Johannesburg. It provides geographic perspectives, learning resources, and technological tools to encourage youth to engage with their local communities around global sustainability themes. Additional information is available at

The following US students who will be traveling this summer to participate in the TechCamps program!

Thomas Brink, Castle View High School, Larkspur, CO

Dara Carney-Nedelman, Unicoi County High School, Erwin, TN

Emma Fischer, Martin Luther King Academic Magnet, Nashville, TN

Olivia (Fu Li) Kalter, Lionsgate Academy, Minneapolis, MN

Cole Love-Baker, School Without Walls High School, Washington, DC

Elisabeth Moughon, home school, Erwin, TN

Christopher Naranjo, Felix Varela Senior High, Miami, FL

Sophia Schroeder, First Colonial High School, Virginia Beach, VA

Felipe Tamayo, Felix Varela Senior High School, Miami, FL

Alexander Waller, Felix Varela Senior High School, Miami, FL

Elizabeth Allen, St. John's College High School, Bowie, MD

Vaannila Annadurai, DuPont Manual High School, Louisville, KY

Aishah Brown, Salem High School, Salem, VA

Cassie Drury, DuPont Manual High School, Louisville, KY

Hayle Lyles, Jack Yates High School, Houston, TX

Emilee McCubbins, DuPont Manual High School, Louisville, KY

Ruben McWilliams, Mohonasen High School, Rotterdam, NY

Clara Meier, School Without Walls, Washington, DC

Dylan Roberts, Unicoi County High School, Unicoi, TN

Zen Zupin, Winamac Community High School, Winamac, IN

Meranda Lehmkuhl, Linn-Mar High School, Marion, IA

Anne Hall, Lincoln High School, Sioux Falls, SD

Allyssa Johnson, Southern Boone County High School, Hartsburg, MO

Nadira Khan, University High School, Phoenix, AZ

Nivedita Khandkar, DuPont Manual High School, Prospect, KY

Steven Palmer, Grandview High School, Centennial, CO

Zachary Schmitz, Lincoln High School, Sioux Falls, SD

Kayla Soren, DuPont Manual High School, Louisville, KY

Sammie Walimaki, Oroville Jr/Sr High, Oroville, WA

Brendan Zink, DuPont Manual High School, Louisville, KY

For more information about GCE MyCOE Youth TechCamps, contact the Project Director Patricia Solís.