Today we met up with Erin and Trey from YouthNoise. We had initially met Erin at the Online Communities Meetup, and she contacted us wanting to find out more about the mobile phone project at Forthill.
We met them at their office which is on the 11th floor so has great views of the city. We then all headed to a very nice Mexican restaurant for lunch.
YouthNoise are about to be encouraging kids to take a part in reforming education. They are going to be taking ideas for projects from kids then funding about 25 of them for a substantial amount of money. In a similar way to Global Kids, they are encouraging kids to be active citizens and take a leadership role in their community.
Trey was involved in a one-to-one laptop project in Maine. Aparently they now have 38,000 laptops being used by kids in that State (although I want to read up more about this to check my recall of that figure).
One interesting thing that I really do want to learn more about is that aparently a few weeks ago the online child protection act, which prevents companies like MySpace and Linden Lab being used by children under 13, was judged unconstitutional. I can imagine protest groups of 12 year olds campaigning outside MySpace etc until they act on the changes!