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Creators: Jay and Alessia
Middle School Students from Mouse Design League (DIIT) at IS 75 Frank D. Paulo

About this Project:

The project lantern is a prototype app created by alessia and jay. This project is meant to help improve mental health by organizing your life. This app has calendars, Alarms , event pages and a Goal page! Lantern combines many organization tools into one place. Our app will help you understand mental health issues and recover slowly or until you can see a professional. Our app Lantern will surely light up your life.

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Feedback from the Judges:

👏 Computer Science Graduate at Queens College — Emoti-Con Judge
I like the idea of providing a way to seek help before seeing a professional this project was very well planned and I was highly impressed with the graphics and logo!

👏 Head of Experience Design, Digital Channels at Verizon — Emoti-Con Judge
Mental health and wellbeing are such important topics. Kudos to the team for leaning in on this challenging topic. The feature set you've identified seems to address a good range of relevant user needs, while remaining focused. Relying on the lantern as a metaphor for both light, guidance, and movement was a great choice. Team showcases solid visual iteration since the initial concept, improving the visual focus and changing the tone of the app based on audience feedback. It's clear that there is interest & talent in visual design. Keep it up!

👏 Founder, CEO at Playspaces — Emoti-Con Judge
Mental wellness is so important for everyone, and you both have done an amazing job providing a viable solution to help those in need stay organized. Your design considerations and explorations help you to arrive at a simplistic design that's calming and easy to use. You did a great job keeping the app's single focus on user benefit and then expanded it into many different use cases. I really appreciate the care you took into thinking about the branding and storytelling of the lantern logo concept. When all seems dark, Lantern is here to light the way! Bravo!

👏 Program Manager at Meta — Emoti-Con Judge
You did a great job of grounding solutions to mental health issues in a user-friendly and accessible product. I like how you identified and built an entire suite of features that all connect back to mitigating anxiety and distress through the various causes of them. The product is fun, engaging and visually stimulating!

Feedback from the Community:

👏 a Parent and/or Guardian from NY
Excellent idea for this day and age. Especially since it is Mental Health Awareness Month.
Marsha 👏 a Parent and/or Guardian from Lake Ariel, PA
I feel that Jay & Alessia did a lot of thinking & putting their thoughts together to come with a great & simple way of helping those who are in need of help. I commend them for doing a wonderful job.
👏 a Parent and/or Guardian
This is such a wonderful idea! It’s very important that we treat mental health as seriously as physical. Great job Jay and Alessia !
👏 a Parent and/or Guardian
Great organization of ideas and thoughts. The design of the app was clean and aesthetically pleasing. Loved the logo and presentation! Impressive!!
josephine 👏 a Community Member from Staten Island
Very creative app! I could see a lot of thought was put into this. Well done Alessia and Jay.
Salvatore 👏 a Parent and/or Guardian from Staten Island, New York
I commend the designers for the apps clean graphical interface. Mental health issues are a timely and important subject. It is good to see young people taking interest in addressing the subject.
Angela 👏 a Parent and/or Guardian from Allentown, PA
I’m impressed with the concept and execution. Fantastic job!
Renee 👏 a Parent and/or Guardian from Staten Island
I think this is very original! Many would benefit from an app like this. A lot of effort went into this and it shows. Great job Alessia and Jay!
rachele 👏 a High School Student from allentown, PA
love how you created a solution for people who currently struggle with mental health… good job!!
Natalia 👏 a Community Member from Brooklyn
Life can get very hectic sometimes. Keeping your day to day organized can be difficult for anyone, and individuals suffering from mental health can have a particularly more difficult time doing so. As someone who suffers from mental health I definitely can see how beneficial it can be to have a little help with keeping your personal or professional life in order. When you’re clouded with thoughts and emotions, an alarm or a friendly reminder can help in a major way. This app is genius and can absolutely be so useful to many many people as unfortunately nowadays mental health issues is not so uncommon. Great job!!
👏 a Community Member from Brooklyn, NY
Interesting concept! I could see where this would be helpful in everyone's lives as well as
Those with mental challenges.
Winnie 👏 a Community Member from Brooklyn
Mental health is what we call a silent disease, as it’s not alway front and center as compared to a broken arm or a bout of cough. There is a stigma against those with mental health, and this app can provide an alternative way in how one communicates and seeks help.

The thoughtfulness and empathy behind the creators are demonstrated in this app, by removing barriers of stigma and allowing the user to make a decision on their readiness to seek help.

This app is commended for it’s goals and tackling on a tough subject area, user friendly and it’s consideration of their users.
Usman 👏 a Parent and/or Guardian from Staten Island , NY
This is great insight , Mental health is such an important topic for all the age groups and it needs to be discussed now more than ever especially in school going population . Good luck to both students who came up with this brilliant idea .
Mohammad 👏 a Technology Professional from Queens
This Project is lightyear's ahead of its time. This is very impressive and great to see a challenging topic like this being addressed by our next generation. Keep up the good work!
Jade 👏 a Parent and/or Guardian from Staten island
Super creative! These girls will go far!
Victor 👏 a Technology Professional from Staten Island NY
A creative, well thought and innovative idea. Design seems very intuitive, easy to use while still providing need functionality to meet the needs of their target audience. With mental health being a bigger and bigger issue seeing a tool that can help those in need is a great idea!
Flora 👏 a Community Member from New Jersey
What a wonderful coming together of young minds to help others in need. The mental health issues have been going on and increasing, this App sounds perfect and user friendly. I commend all that worked on this. Keep up the good work!
Flora 👏 a Community Member from New Jersey
What a wonderful coming together of young minds to help others in need. The mental health issues have been going on and increasing, this App sounds perfect and user friendly. I commend all that worked on this. Keep up the good work!
Parent from Brooklyn NY 👏 a Parent and/or Guardian
This is an amazing idea - great job Alessia and Jay. This app would benefit so many, including me. With so much going on we all need some help staying organized. I want to commend you both for all your hard work in putting this together to help support those with mental health issues. This is a new innovative way - great job. Where can I get this app? I applaud you both.
Rob 👏 a Parent and/or Guardian from Brooklyn
In today’s world things can be overwhelming and stressful. This app can help me plan out my day and reach personal goals so as not to feel lost. Great Idea!
Mina 👏 a Community Member from Staten Island
Such a wonderful project. Too often in our society mental health is overlooked. Projects like these offer a ray of sunshine on a cloudy day. Bravo Alessia and Jay
Mel 👏 a Parent and/or Guardian from New Hyde Park
Fantastic idea! Its form and functions are well thought out. I especially love the name of the app. I think many people will find it useful and it'll have a positive impact on improving mental health. Great job!
👏 a Community Member from Brooklyn
Great idea and excellent job on the app design. I appreciate the thought process behind the evolution from original concept to final draft. It looks very clean and professional. The minimalist design and simplicity will make it easier for people to get started and enjoy using it for maximum benefit. Keep working on it and someday the final product will be a success.
Mina 👏 a Community Member from Staten Island
Such a wonderful project. Mental health is often overlooked in our society. This project offers a ray of sunshine on a cloudy day. Bravo Alessia and Jay!
Stefanie 👏 a College Representative from Pennsylvania
What an amazing app!! You can tell this was done with not only their brains but hearts as well! Hat tipped off to you both! Well done job!
Diane 👏 a Parent and/or Guardian from New York
What a great and timely app design! Keep up the amazing work Jay and Alessia!!
👏 a Community Member
It is a very nice design 😊
Frank 👏 a Parent and/or Guardian from Allentown, Pa
Impressive… Great job keep up the good work!
Hope 👏 a Parent and/or Guardian from Honesdale Pennsylvania
This is a very necessary app with all of the mental health challenges this world is facing.
It can save lives! It can help get someone through a very lonely place where they feel there is no way out.
So creative, and important
Well done 👏
👏 a Community Member
Good job
Pitrolani 👏 a Middle School Student from Dominican Republic
Este es un proyecto muy atractivo
Silvana 👏 a Community Member
This is a wonderful idea created for a great cause! Very creative and vert thoughtful. Amazing work done by two very bright young ladies.
Jesse 👏 a Community Member from New York
First off, it's is extremely admirable for students so young willing to tackle an issue as complex as me talk health. It shows they are being brought up in fantastic households.

Onto the app itself. The transition to more muted, calmer colors was an intelligent touch. An application like this needs to be calming to the user. The layouts are simple but effective and precise.

Fantastic work from these two students. They have a bright future ahead of them.

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