Map of Your Community

Map of Your Community
Main Topic
Mobility - Visibility of Youth
Additional Topic(s)
Empowerment and Inclusion – Diversity
Solidarity - Participation
Solidarity - Social Activities
2-4 hours
Implementation Mode
Indoor F2F
● Understanding of different perspectives on communities.

● Addressing social, political, and economic issues in communities.

Expected Results

● Participants are expected to gain different perspectives on their communities and to gain an understanding of different social, political, and economic matters that are present, or not, in these communities.
Overview of Activity
Most people live in communities that they feel they belong to. To what extent, however, do we know the community we live in? With the “map of the community”, participants draw a rough map of their cities where they share their thoughts about their communities. As part of the activity everyone shows how they feel at some locations/buildings by placing sticky notes on the map.
Description of Activity
1. The group should use an A3 paper to draw a scaled-down map of their neighbourhood. The facilitator should divide the group into smaller groups according to their communities if they come from various places. It is crucial that they sketch out a place they are familiar with throughout mapping.

2. The facilitator should give participants an example from their own community and ask each group to create a very basic map of their area. The area can be a town, one part of a town/city, a whole county etc. Any relevant features, such as highways, hills, services, notable areas and borders to towns or within towns, for example should be included. The facilitator should make it clear that it is not necessary for it to be precise or in-depth.

3. The participants should use different colours to signify the different locations, services and environments (for instance, blue for factories and shops, brown for housing, red for government buildings, green for forests etc.).

4. Once maps are complete, participants should start expressing their feelings and emotions about their area(s) and how they felt through the process of drawing and reflecting on them. They can write their thoughts on sticky notes and place them on particular places of the map, the places that they have some feelings attached to or opinions about. After the placement of sticky notes is done, the facilitator should allow participants to move around and see what other groups (if any) drew on their maps. If not, the facilitator simply asks what participants feel during the activity and what the issues are within their communities. Debriefings should be closed by discussing possible improvements for their communities.

Sources & Additional Materials
A3 papers, pens/pencils, coloured pens, sticky notes.

Adapted from the activity “Community Map” in “Active Citizens facilitator’s toolkit”. "">
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