As part of its Community Information Technology Initiative (CITI), the Municipal Art Society Planning Center coordinates the CITI Youth program for New York City high school students. The program is aimed at introducing students in tenth grade and above to Geographic Information Systems (GIS) technology and how it can be used as a tool for community decision-making.
Interested students can apply for a semester-long, paid internship at their local community board office. One to two students per participating community district will be chosen to serve as their board’s “Map Technician.” These students will receive a four-hour, intensive training focused on the organization and mandate of community boards and instruction on the set up of required hardware. They are then required to attend each monthly community board meeting and each monthly meeting of the board’s Housing/Land Use Committee. At these meetings students are responsible for using a laptop computer and LCD projector (provided through CITI) to display maps from the CITI website of areas being discussed at the meeting.