I really like the idea of the badge and the grid. a couple of ideas to consider. To me and to students, the directions on how to earn badges seems confusing. "Earn the first 4 badges in the left column by completing the 4 quests to the right of each. Earn the badges on the bottom row by actively participating in your learning communities."
Perhaps it could be reworded. On another note, there a few things about the research column I might add and change. First, is there anyway the 10 question inquiry could be implemented into the badge system? With keeping what the purpose of youthvoices is for, I think this particular task is important. In addition, the first badge under the resarch column suggest to the students to read and analyze a wikipedia article, news article, poem, blog post, etc. Can we change Wikipedia article to some other source of reading. I feel that as a teacher, this is the one place students go to ALL the time to get information. I am afraid I am going to get a flood of wikipedia article analysis to read over and I think students can spend their time investigating other pieces.
Sorry if I seem negative, I am just trying to find ways to possible improve it. I really do like the overall idea and see the positives. Let me know if you have any questions.