Supporting LGTBQ teenagers with a free app

Finalist category: Young People’s Award 2015


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Winner, Young People's Award, 2015

Josie Baldwin, Emily Bowes, Katie Griffiths and Alexandra Hill, all aged 14, are the team behind the I’m Okay app. The girls wanted to build an app to support teenagers, and considered a range of issues before realising that there were no apps to help LGTBQ teens.

With friends and family who are members of the LGTBQ community, they understood that teenagers going through this challenging or confusing time needed support in exploring their sexuality and gender. Teenagers can use the free app to read stories from people who have had similar experiences, understand definitions of LGTBQ terminology and access resources.

The app won the App for Good Awards 2014, and in February 2015 it was launched with the backing of Thomson Reuters. The group are attending UK Pride events to promote the app within the LGTBQ community, conducting interviews with the press and local radio, and fundraising to develop their app further – all alongside their studies and schoolwork.

Visit the I’m Okay website to find out more about their work.

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