Lgbt Community App

An app focused on local community building through a "bumble" type platform that connects young lgbt teens and provides resources for them.

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  • Technology

Eligibility: Date of Birth

January 27th 2004

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(401)499-1684, adi.gamache@metmail.org, Providence Rhode Island 02908

Date You Started Your Project Started

6/12/19

Project Stage: Select the description below that best applies to your approach.

  • Idea (hoping to get started in the future)

1. The Problem: What problem are you helping to solve?

Loneliness and isolation is an epidemic in the lgbt community, especially young people without resources or the ability to travel to community spaces. They have no one to talk to, and no one who can relate to them.

2. Your Solution: How are you planning to solve this problem? Share your specific approach.

I want to build a platform that creates community and connects teens locally to provide them with a communal support network. The app will also provide information/resources about mental health hotlines, medical info for trans teens, and information about HIV and testing. Ideally it has the same sort of user-face as apps like "Meetup" and "Bumble", along with the article and information aspects of apps like "Her". Unlike those apps, there wouldn't have such a focus on swiping through profiles like other friend-making or dating apps (This app wouldn't be for dating). Sort of like Meetup, the app would show you community events or services being offered in your area, and would also have in-app forums and communities where users could talk with like-minded individuals. And although it shows you events and communities locally, you could also talk with users from around the world. The app would have a private message system so you could talk one-on-one and make friends. 18+ content would be banned, except for topics related to sex ed and HIV information. Hate speech or harassment would also be banned, and there would be a report feature for both posts and users.

3. Personal Journey: What’s the story behind why you decided to start this project?

Growing up in a small state that, although it had a vibrant lgbt community, didn't have many resources for lgbt children and teens, it was difficult to find people like me. Lgbt groups and events were focused around bars and clubs, or didn't have enough outreach to actually be practical. I want to provide young people with the ability to find a community, whether that's making friends with other lgbt people locally, or finding a pen-pal halfway across the world. We don't have to be alone, and we shouldn't be.

5. Example: Please walk us through a specific example of what happens when a person or group gets involved with your project.

Let's say that you live in a small town, maybe your family or local community doesn't accept or support you. You can feel really alone and have no idea how to find people like you, or if there even are any. But then you find an app that connects you with people that know what you're going through, maybe even people in your area! the app also gives you information about mental health and saftey, stuff that may not be talked about as much where you are. Suddenly, your not as alone anymore. You have the resources and the community to finally start living a life that makes you happy.

6. The X Factor: What is different about your project compared to other programs or solutions already out there?

There are many different social media and community apps, but they're not nearly as local or specific enough. They may have features that let you make online friends, but they're not monitored or structured in a safe way, and you can just as easily be preyed upon as make a friend. I want people to be able to find community in safe way, with enough structure to really support them. Social media made more social. Plus, apps like bumble have an age-limit for obvious reasons, to protect young people, but it also means there's nowhere for them to connect.

7. Impact: How has your project made a difference so far?

I plan on my project making a difference in all the ways lifted above and even more.

8. What’s Next: What are your ideas for taking your project to the next level?

I want to start programming and building the app, along with building interest online.

9. Which of the following types of expertise would be most useful for you?

  • Web/Mobile Development


Help Us Support Diversity! Part 1 [optional] Which of the following categories do you identify with?

  • Middle Eastern or North African (for example: Lebanese, Iranian, Egyptian, Syrian, Moroccan, Algerian) (11)

Help Us Support Diversity! Part 2 [optional] Do you identify as part of any of the following underrepresented communities?

  • Disability community
  • Low-income community
  • LGBTQ community
  • Religious minority (non-Christian)

How did you hear about this challenge?

  • Recommended by others

Referral: If you discovered the Challenge thanks to an organization or person other than Ashoka or T-Mobile, who was it?

My teacher told my class about it.

Evaluation results

3 evaluations so far

1. Overall evaluation

5 - This idea rocked my world. It’s awesome! - 66.7%

4 - This idea seems really exciting. With a little more polishing, it’d be among my favorites. - 0%

3 - This has some good elements and some areas for development - 33.3%

2 - This doesn’t inspire me so much - 0%

1 - It didn’t make my heart beat faster. - 0%

2. Changemaker Quality

5 - Absolutely, 100%! - 0%

4 - I feel really good about this - very promising - 66.7%

3 - This has some good elements and some areas for development - 33.3%

2 - This doesn’t inspire me so much - 0%

1 - This entry is weak here - 0%

3. Creativity

5 - Absolutely, 100%! - 33.3%

4 - I feel really good about this - very promising - 66.7%

3 - This has some good elements and some areas for development - 0%

2 - This doesn’t inspire me so much - 0%

1 - This entry is weak here - 0%

No Answer - 0%

4. Commitment

5 - Absolutely, 100%! - 100%

4 - I feel really good about this - very promising - 100%

3 - This has some good elements and some areas for development - 0%

2 - This doesn’t inspire me so much - 0%

1 - This entry is weak here - 0%

No Answer - 0%

5. Connection

5 - Absolutely, 100%! - 33.3%

4 - I feel really good about this - very promising - 66.7%

3 - This has some good elements and some areas for development - 0%

2 - This doesn’t inspire me so much - 0%

1 - This entry is weak here - 0%

No Answer or No Connection - 0%

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I really like this idea! I agree on Carson's note of looking into LGBTQ orgs for support. I would recommend looking into Youth Tech Health. They will be hosting a conference in May and may be willing to support your project so that you can have a prototype or business plan to show by then.

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