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One of our newest programs! The Community Mapping (Maptivist) program at Oasis Center is one of three main components of the Nashville Longitudinal Study of Youth Safety and Well-Being (NLSYSW), a five-year research study at Vanderbilt University funded by the National Institute of Justice. In partnership with the Oasis Center and Metro Nashville Public Schools, the goal of larger project is to create a comprehensive dataset that will allow for a deeper understanding of youth experience in Nashville by combining information from schools, community institutions, and young people themselves.

By the end of the project, we hope to 1) amplify teen voice; 2) create spaces and a process for teens to reflect on how they experience their surroundings; and 3) equip youth-serving adults with an improved understanding of the needs and experiences of teens.