What's Up



What's Up is a neighborhood news system that combines power of the telephone and of the Web to make it easier for youth to organize community events and find out what is happening in the place where they live. By dialing a central number, youth can send and receive voicemail messages, publish audio community announcements, create voicemail groups, add events to a shared community calendar and more. When field tested in Lawrence, MA, What's Up helped increase awareness of and accessibility to important local youth resources, provided youth with opportunities to express their opinions about their neighborhoods and, with that, contributed to transform Lawrence into a community that is both friendlier and more empowering for young people.