We want to encourage, inspire and empower teens to become the innovative leaders we need to address our biggest environmental and social challenges.
Students: Alexander LaMonica & Sabine Fuchs
It is universally acknowledged that empathetic peer support is invaluable to our emotional well-being. Alexander is a 16-year-old survivor of stage IV cancer. Alexander and thousands of others across the country have spent weeks in hospital beds, away from friends, getting toxic chemicals pumped through their body in order to survive. Through it all, they have nobody to talk to. Nobody to understand the excruciating pain of chemotherapy, trying to shower with a plastic line sticking out of your arm, or needing a hat to cover your bare head. Nobody like them. Finding someone to talk with who ‘gets it’ is imperative to our sense of happiness and belonging. But for the tens of thousands of teen cancer survivors, there simply isn’t an easy way of doing so. On average, at least one American teen is diagnosed with cancer every hour. As we write this application, somewhere, in some hospital, someone not unlike us is being told to their face they are very, very sick. Someone who’s scared and uncertain of what may come. Someone who needs a person who’s been there.
This APP will serve as a community specifically for patients and their families battling cancer. It will serve as a place for support, information, and connection. The APP will include messaging and chat features, search features to find others with similar interested and situations, discussion forums , information, and more.
Students: McKenzie Kwei & Ally Hsieh
Many people in high school suffer from the problems of feeling worried, alone, or sad, while other times, many people’s lives are so busy they forget to appreciate the things in life that make them happy. Sometimes when we have so much going through our lives, we don’t have time to reflect on the things that are making us happy or upset, and we can get caught in the whirl of life without being in touch with our feelings- often leading to burnout. We know this is not a unique experience, and many people find themself caught in the endless cycle of school. We should find a way where reflecting on our life is something easy and available to us. We should appreciate our lives every day while also acknowledging the downsides. The app will solve this problem by allowing people to post their current roses, thorns, and buds at random times. The random time encourages people to reflect on their lives at that moment and keep them grounded. The app will also include a community board where posts are anonymous but others can read and connect on similar challenges, provide a sense of community and connection through the ups and downs.
Students: Aimee Yang & Justin Slayen
We have seen firsthand the suffering from poverty and homelessness, and the worry one feels when they are not able to purchase clothing for their family. The lack of clean and sufficient clothing for underserved families is a large problem in the Bay Area and nationwide. Children are more likely to miss school when they don’t have proper clothing that is comfortable and fits, and when they do attend, they witness bullying and a decline in their self-esteem. Clothing Insecurity creates social and emotional problems and it leads to academic ones when children miss school because of it. This app pairs less fortunate children with Big Sisters/Brothers who are willing to adopt a family to donate gently used clothing to. The app will allow users to create profiles and be matched with others in their local community based on age and style preferences, create an online inventory of clothing with pictures and descriptions to share, and a streamlined process to exchange clothing on an ongoing basis.
Phtos By: Afif Ramdhasuma, Tim Mossholder, William Hook.