UK Student's Map Project Becomes Resource for Under-resourced Young Moms

  • Posted on: 9 September 2015
  • By: mwwi222

Laura Greenfield

Laura Greenfield, Mapshop Intern and Geography Major, was featured in a University of Kentucky press release on her mapping work with Step-By-Step and Tanya Torp. Read press release here.

What started as a project in a University of Kentucky geography course is now a resource for young single mothers across Lexington.

The resource, an online interactive map, was developed by UK senior Laura Greenfield for Step By Step, a mentoring ministry for under-resourced mothers ages 14 to 24. The geospatial technology pinpoints where young moms can find abuse counseling and support; emergency shelters; clothing resources; education institutions; childcare; and more services around Lexington.

"Being a nonprofit that works with teen moms, you wouldn't think we could use the geography department to make a difference, using their skills to bring about change," said Tanya Torp, program director at Step By Step.

When Step By Step receives calls from young moms with questions about where to go, or who to turn to, staffers and volunteers can now quickly find nearby resources by inputting the caller's address into the interactive map; an important capability, Torp says, because many callers may not have a driver's license or vehicle and rely on walking to those services. And for anyone with Internet access, they can access the map and information about resources from their own device at

A student in geography Professor Matthew Zook's GEO 409 course last spring, Greenfield came up with the idea when tasked with utilizing and showcasing the skills she learned in a final class project. [ ... ]