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“Goal Mind”

Creators: Aria
a Middle School Student from Mouse Design League (DIIT) @ IS 7 Elias Bernstein
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About this Project:

Goal Mind is an App that helps with the social and emotional state of all humans. We all deal with the daily stressors in life, but some days are better than others. Goal Mind is an app that will help people to cope if they are experiencing anxiety or stress during their day.

Goal Mind has specific characters that will help you to get through your episode by suggesting proven coping mechanisms that will make you feel better. Check out my video and see how Goal Mind can become one of your have to have apps.

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👏 UX Research Lead at WorkMarket an ADP Company — Emoti-Con Judge
Aria has come up with a truly unique approach to stress reduction with Goal Mind (also love the name!). Introducing an avatar that interacts with characters into the goal setting aspects of this app make it particular unique. The four areas used to destress - breathing, yoga, confidence-building, and especially music - provide the user with a good amount of choice compared to say, a yoga or meditation app. And the promise of read aloud and translation create real value.

The one aspect I was a bit confused about was the choice of shopping as a way to role play a stressful situation. Shopping can be stressful but perhaps other stressful situations within a social context could have been used to demonstrate the power of the app - e.g., having to take a test, try out for a sports team or play, meeting new people, or other situation in which someone may have to perform within a social context. Middle school is all about social anxiety! I know and I survived, but I would have loved to have this app to make it go easier. So one suggestion is to maybe include more real life examples of social anxiety to demonstrate the app's utility and benefits.

This is a minor complaint and one that can be easily remedied - given the strength of the concept and its unique features. Nice work!!

👏 Sr. Product Manager, Z-Team at Tinder — Emoti-Con Judge
When people think of “social impact,” they often think of the usual suspects: climate, political policy, etc.. But I love how Aria thinks of mental health as having social impact, because she’s absolutely right. In the age of technology, humans are more distracted than ever and in addition, have to deal with real world human issues such as finishing a homework assignment, making friends, losing friends and family and everything in between. As an adult, you may worry about retirement, affording a house (or rent!), finding a job, and maintaining relationships with family and friends. What I love about this solution is that it approaches the problem with various solutions personified by these avatar “friends.” Many people may not feel ready to make themselves completely vulnerable to something like therapy (and it’s expensive), so the avatars offer a nice proxy for those people that want to take the pressure off of something interpersonal and make it fun and simple through interactions with these characters. I also really liked how inclusive the characters were, and represented a variety of races and genders. Bonus points for inclusivity! Speaking of inclusivity, I thought it was a fantastic touch to have accessibility features (features for the hearing impaired, for example), and have it available in multiple languages.

Aria has already got a great start to an MVP (minimum viable product) for her app. One of my favorite aspects is the “city” feature, and I wonder how this could be expanded beyond simple activities like shopping. For example, it would be great to interview potential customers who suffer from anxiety and ask them what other public scenarios trigger them. Based on this feedback, she could build out other areas of the city so that her users could practice healthy coping skills.

All in all, I think it’s really innovative how Aria has taken the “meditation app” concept and turned it into something fun, practical, and gamified. I think this has the potential to be a great help to people of all generations, no matter where they are and what their abilities are. Well done!

👏 Senior Product Manager at Range — Emoti-Con Judge
I thought this was a really strong showing of issues that affect many if not all of us today. I loved the different personalities and how the choice of them was backed by science. I would have loved more details on each one and their connection back to core problems. Focusing on that successful strategy could make this app even better! Overall, I think you're after a real need which shows great focus. Good job!

Feedback from the Community:

Gloria 👏 a Parent and/or Guardian from Brooklyn/New York
This project is so creative and relaxing just listening to its creator. I absolutely will incorporate these techniques into my daily life. Thanks Aria.
Gabriel 👏 a Technology Professional from Brooklyn, New York
GoalMind looks like an app I’d definitely want to try! I have a lot of stressors on my life and I’d love a fun way to learn and practice coping skills.
Craig 👏 a Community Member from New York, NY
This is a brilliant app and initiative and kudos to the young genius named, Aria. The characters super relatable and the fact that users can identify themselves through either characters or utilize the methods each is other worldly. Amazing all around!
Christopher 👏 a Community Member from Staten Island
What a great idea for an app!! So many times during the day I find myself feeling anxiety or stress and I will definitely use these great techniques!
👏 a Parent and/or Guardian
I love the characters. So much fun while being helpful!
Adrienne Armetta 👏 a Teacher and/or Educator from Staten Island
This is such an innovative idea!! Stress impacts us all, and this app seems like it would be so beneficial to everyone. Way to go!!
Jessica 👏 a Parent and/or Guardian from Staten Island
Very relaxing and calming. Love the characters. Great design and the voice is so soothing. This app could be used by kids and adults dealing with every day stress. Great job Aria!
Christina 👏 a Technology Professional from Brooklyn, New York
This looks like an ingenious & creative app idea that can help just about anyone, anytime, in a fresh, new, & fun way! Definitely a useful tool I can apply for easing the anxieties & stresses of my daily life. I’m excited to meet the characters & to create my own so I can begin learning how to apply coping skills to conquer the challenges I face throughout the day in an effective, calm & healing way so I can be the most productive & positive human I can be. So thoughtful Aria!
👏 a Technology Professional from Maria
I love the cute, artistic design of all the different characters! I also like the descriptive narrative breakdown & the flow/format of the video. It makes it easy to want to get started right away. Way to go!
👏 a Parent and/or Guardian
I love this idea it’s fantastic you’re right I have tried to find the meditation app for stress reducing app and I never liked any of them but this one sounds great with lots of choices on how to distress
Dawn 👏 a Teacher and/or Educator from Staten Island
AWESOME!!! Such a creative way to bring such an important topic to life for all of us. You eliminate the frustration of trying to find an app that benefits us by providing us with a quick and easy app that is fun and interactive, offering just what we need.
Jadée 👏 a Community Member from Maryland
Nicely constructed and well thought out video. The images are super cute too
Susan 👏 a Teacher and/or Educator from Brooklyn
What a great idea!!! I love the different characters! This app is so creative and it can be used by adults and children of all ages!!! Great job!!!
👏 a Community Member
What a creative idea! I love the idea of learning ways to cope with stress and anxiety with an app you could look forward to using. Love the characters, especially Mr. Beat!
Isaac 👏 a Community Member from Manhattan
Such a creative and meaningful app. It’s a fantastic idea and will really help a lot of people. The design makes it so inviting and easy to use. It’s such an important area and this app will be a great tool for so many people!
Kelvyn 👏 a High School Student from Az
This is the best project ever
Tahreem 👏 a Community Member from Queens, New York
The idea of making this app accessible in 30+ languages is amazing! It will truly be something that EVERYONE can use around the U.S. and around the globe. The super cool characters make me want to get this app asap 😄. Well done!
Mike 👏 a Community Member from NyC
Innovative app. I could use Estelle’s help with my confidence.
Kevin 👏 a Community Member from Brooklyn
What a creative and user friendly app! Occupying my mind can really help me destress, so having the user achieve goals and complete tasks is a great way to get the user’s mind off of their current stressor. The characters are endearing and really add to the experience. This is an app that anyone can and should use. Well done! 👍🏻🤗
Kevin 👏 a Community Member from Brooklyn
What a creative and user friendly app! Occupying my mind can really help me destress, so having the user achieve goals and complete tasks is a great way to get the user’s mind off of their current stressor. The characters are endearing and really add to the experience. This is an app that anyone can and should use. Well done! 👍🏻🤗
👏 a Community Member from Brooklyn, NY
Love this presentation and the app!! Such a great idea and the characters are so fun and creative. Also love that you thought to make this accessible people all over the world - really amazing job Aria!!!!
👏 a Parent and/or Guardian from Staten Island
This is such a great concept! Many of the available applications are dedicated for entertainment, but few are created to target mental health. Aria's application has the potential to help individuals cope with stress and promote self-healing. Th
This application has the potential to also promote relaxation techniques and stress management among youths diagnosed with ADHD and other neurodevelopmental disorders.
Kayla 👏 a High School Student
This app is amazingly designed Aria. As a high school student I go through stress on the daily because of how we are constantly being faced with new obstacles. These obstacles are highly overwhelming and make us feel like we are falling behind. With this app I will have a wide variety of coping mechanisms that will allow me to move forward every day. Thank you Aria for sharing your creative and intellectual mind giving me the opportunity to cope with my struggles. You’re out of this world.
Santiago 👏 a High School Student from Yuma AZ
This sounds like a great stress reliever. I sometimes find myself feeling down due to school or family issues and can never really find anything useful to help me feel better. This is app amazing for that and the fact that it doesn’t just have one coping mechanism is even better. It’s also designed super well and it’s very easy to go through and not complicated at all. This is great help thank you so much!!
Kelvyn 👏 a Technology Professional from Yuma, Arizona
I am impressed with Aria's initiative to develop the Goal Mind app as a technological tool to assist individuals (young/old) cope with stress and anxiety.

I love the characters and their specific roles to help us in managing stress and anxiety.

To establish a quick correlation between the Goal Mind app and how it can help me on a daily basis:
I feel Sammy can help me relax and improve my mindfulness through meditation. Bethany, can teach my game character (myself) effective ways to calm down by doing deep breathing techniques. Estelle can be a strong friend to assist me in strengthening my confidence levels and Mr. Beat can help find and play the right tunes for me to lower the meter levels of stress/anxiety.

The Goal Mind app is a wonderful idea and a clear approach to implement coping strategies with proven mental health benefits.

Outstanding work Aria and thank you for providing creative ways to help us improve our metal health.
Casey 👏 a Community Member from New York, NY
I thought the project was great. I especially liked having different characters that are devoted to different ways to alleviate stress — it allows for engagement from all!
Mary 👏 a Parent and/or Guardian
Aria made very helpful ideas for youngs and adults. This ideas can help us a lot with our everyday. Great job I love the idea that everybody can benefit with your idea. Well done Aria 👏
👏 a Community Member
What an innovative way to teach self care to kids! Also, as an adult, it appeals to me too. Seems fun and very practical, the characters are cute too. Great idea, and great name for the app!
Will 👏 a Technology Professional
Ambitious project with the potential to meet its goal of decreasing stress through the teaching of coping skills. I would love to see a feedback component to help users track progress in their development of their coping skills. Integrating the app with smart watches to see how responsive users are to breathing queues or to help alert them to the fact they're in a stressed state and should consider opening GoalMind up might also be fun extensions. All in all, good work, Aria.
Denis 👏 a Community Member
What an awesome idea for an app with an informative and easy to follow presentation. Aria's ideas to use different likeable characters and make the app accessible to all will widen its appeal and enable more people to improve their coping skills. Great work Aria!
Sonia 👏 a Community Member from Tampa, Florida
As a clinical social worker, I am immensely impressed by Aria's ingenuity with creating Goal Mind! It is absolutely essential that youth and adults alike have accessible resources to cope with stress and the fact that Goal Mind has 30+ language settings is amazing! I see Goal Mind as providing a more personable way for users to practice coping skills through its diverse characters who teach different stress relief techniques along with goal setting. This reminds me of having the knowledge and guidance of multiple coaches all within the palm of my hand to which I have access to 24/7. I believe this will cause a user to use the application on a more consistent basis leading to better mental health outcomes. Great job Aria!
Robert 👏 a Parent and/or Guardian from New York
Simply AMAZING!! Perfect tools to help understand and cope with stress! Mr. Beat is my favorite! 👏👏🤩🤩
Robin 👏 a Parent and/or Guardian from Bronx
Goal Minds sounds like a terrific app. I love the way you explain how to utilize it. I definitely need this app because my job is very stressful. Amazing job, keep up the good work. I am very proud of you. 😊😊😊😊
Danny 👏 a College Representative from Staten Island
This is so well thought out and articulated phenomenally from someone so young. This is truly inspiring to see such a bright young mind put her focus into something that can change the world for the better. I love to see a leader of tomorrow making an impact today! Keep being the change you want to see Aria!👏👏👏👏👏👏👏👏👏👏👏👏
👏 a College Representative
I think this is a brilliant idea and I am amazed that a kid of this young of an age can come up with such a unique and creative idea 😀
Nilsa 👏 a Parent and/or Guardian from Yuma, AZ
Impressive, the way this app was created by Aria with such creativity it’s simply amazing.
It’s very important to know how to deal with stress regarding of your age and situation. Having the tools and resources is very helpful and Aria has provided that with her app.
Aria thank you for creating this app that we will all now be able to take advantage of and learn from. I will share it with my friends and family.
Awesome job, very proud of you.

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