[sl] UNICEF Teen's Reports on Joint Project in TSL with GK 

Mariel, a teenager from Mexico, came to Global Kids through our recent partnership with UNICEF's Voices of Youth site. She has been writing about her experience on both the Voices of Youth site and at her own blog. Here is her first entry:

    'A World Fit for Children' on Teen Second Life

    Educating and Raising Awareness Through Virtual Reality

    Did the World leaders that created UNICEF sixty years ago expect to be able to reach the youth and convince it to take action in matter of seconds through a machine-based program?

    Hello, everyone!

    My name is Mariel, I'm sixteen years old and I live in Mexico City. I've been a member of Voices of Youth for the last two years, and quite recently I joined a joint project of Voices of Youth and Global Kids on Teen Second Life, a 'game' that I'm sure those leaders would have loved to have sixty years ago.

    Mariel celebrating the 60th anniversary of the creation of UNICEF outside the workshop in Global Kids Island (Teen Second Life)

[print] GK Featured in the First Published Book on Second Life 

We have an entry in the newly published book on Second Life about Global Kids and the work we are doing in Second Life penned by Blue Linden himself.

[SL] Global Kids goes to San Francisco for SL Views 3 

This past week, Global Kids (in the form of Rafi Santo) took a visit to Linden Lab, creators of Second Life. GK has been working with Linden Lab closely for almost a year now. They were there when on our island broke as it was brought from the main grid to the teen grid, they were there when we opened the Camp GK maze against sex trafficking, and have been greatly supportive of our work in the teen grid. Now, we got to give a little back to Linden Lab and the Second Life community as a whole.

Every couple of months LL holds Second Life Views, a meeting where a small group of Second Life residents comes together to share views from the community on the direction of Second Life. The meeting was quite engaging, touching on many issues both about the world and community of SL as well as about the technology that makes that world possible, and, in the opinion of some, defines it.

What was most interesting was the kind of mix of people that were brought together. The group ranged from educators to programmers, non-profits to land barons, builders, people that work in climatology, even someone that owns a massive virtual airfield. Not to forget, of course, the teen representative, Alpha Zaius! The perspectives were many and varied, representing almost every type of person that might be involved in Second Life.

[vvp/teen] Human Rights, Racism in SL 

On Thursday we had a class on Human Rights. We had to do skits on either the right to have or abide by human rights, or the breaking of human rights. My group had the breaking of human rights. We had to do a skit on the act of kidnapping and torturing a person. My role in the skit was to go and and cause the victim to pass out with chloroform on a tissue. Then my affiliates came and picked the victim up and moved him out of the room and into another room (was supposedly another room anyways.) Then I put a gun to his head and made him hold boiling water as I interrogated him for information. So the skit informed us that human rights forbids these kind of acts.

[teen/sl] Return of the Intern! 

Hey everyone! This is Mercury Metropolitan, previous intern for the Camp Global Kids summer program checking in. I’ve been offered another internship with Global Kids, so I’m back! Woohoo! Let me just start off by expressing my utter gratitude and enthusiasm! I’m so excited to be back on the team and look forward to getting started on some really cool & exciting projects we have planned!

This past summer was absolutely fantastic! I learned so much and had a wonderful time as an intern. However, I was so busy that I didn’t post as much as I would have wanted to in this blog, so let me begin by detailing some of the tasks assigned to me as a Camp Global Kids intern.

I facilitated various events; the most memorable being Child Sex Trafficking Awareness and Activism, which was totally planned by myself and the other campers. That was very successful and we had an amazing turnout. Never had I really hosted such a large-scale event, and I was really proud of my ability to captivate the audience in such a way that kept them interested and thinking about the issue being discussed. There were also events throughout the program that I helped to facilitate with GK staff members. I also played a key role in the processing of workshops and activities we held by asking the group a series of questions and receiving their feedback and opinions.

[radio] BBC Reports on Camp GK 

They just, um, forgot to mention it was Camp GK...

"The idea of the Teen Grid is to act as a safe haven for younger users, free of the adult content that pervades much of the main space.

Through their avatars, Teen Second Life's young users can go shopping, hang out and island hop just as their grown-up counterparts do on the Adult Grid.

But community manager Claudia L'Amoreaux told me that the Teen Grid is also a place for young people to tackle serious global issues that affect them.

"They built this maze as a project on global sex trafficking," he said.

"They were interested in helping other students learn about it so they could protect kids around the world who are being taken advantage of. It's a way to share what it's like for kids who are held captive in the sex trade."

The walls of the maze are emblazoned with images and posters giving information on the problem. Being ensnared in the puzzle is meant to mirror the experience of being a child trapped in prostitution."

Read the full article here.

[Teen/VVP] The World Is Flat 

First of all, for all those people who are reading this, and are unfamiliar with Thomas Friedman's work: I am not insane, I know the world is not really flat. ^^;; Anyway, in the Virtual Video Program, our assignment was to read a section of Thomas Friedman's "The World is Flat", the part about "The Unflat World" [Chapter 11]. His work actually discusses the process of Globalization, and the toll that technology and its development/advancement has on the world. It’s an interesting thing to read because, although we know that technology affects us, we don’t see its true depth until we read into reality--and this book may help people do that.

[teen/VVP] Peace Education 

Hello everyone. Sorry I did this kind of last minute, but I guess it's okay. At least it's done, right? Last week on Thursday was a very good class and I can recall talking about peace education. I think peace education is vital to the way that children and teens alike go about their lives. I think we should over look our history and see what can we do not to make the same mistakes, and that starts with peace. It was nice to see all of us come together and think of ideas of peace and justice, the two essential things that make a neighborhood, a state, or even a country a good place to be. If only used in the right way, just as the quote from Martin Luther King states. I enjoyed learning that and hope tp learn..... and I guess everyone can remember this, Happiness starts with Peace!!!!!!!!

[dmi] The Global Kids Experience 

Below is a video about Global Kids, which includes a segment on our Online Leadership Programs.

[SL] Global Kids Island gets a little more global 

Cory Ondrejka, chief technology officer of Linden Lab, took a trip to Singapore this week to speak at the Global Summit for Creative Industries. While he was there, he figured he'd introduce some teens from the one of the most technologically forward thinking cities in the world to his world of Second Life.

On the virtual end of this introduction was Global Kids Island, where we were thrilled to be inundated by the group of Singaporean young people. They were literally falling from the sky!

Singaporean teens on Global Kids Island

After they gathered themselves up off the ground, we toured the island, with lots of help from others in-world. Big shout outs to Claudia Linden, Mercury Metropolitan, Mariel Voyunicef and Alpha Zaius, who in a pinch threw together a flying tour bus, creaky wheels and all, to shuttle everyone around the island.

Bringing people and perspectives from around the world together is a key part of Global Kids' work, and we love that there's now a great medium through which we can do this.

Singaporean teens take a ride