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The Youth Radio App, designed and developed by teens, is now live! The app invites listeners to “join” stories produced by Youth Radio’s award-winning newsroom, by adding photos and responding to polls.
Developed in collaboration with partners at MIT App Inventor, the idea for the Youth Radio App came from teens at Youth Radio Interactive (YRI), a program where young people learn every aspect of mobile design and development.
For its launch, the app focuses on health and the environment, with stories on early puberty, the California drought, and the effects of prescription drug abuse on teens and their communities. By featuring these stories, Youth Radio aims to generate conversation, garner public opinion, and advance its reporting related to these important topics.
Youth Radio teens will then use the user-submitted data to create infographics and other tools that highlight opinion and conversation on these topics, which in the future will include juvenile justice, politics, and education.
“The YR App is a perfect example of Youth Radio Interactive’s model, where young people combine storytelling, design and code to create mobile projects that highlight today’s important issues,” says YR Interactive Manager Asha Richardson. “This app is exciting because it was created by youth to highlight their perspectives, and invites people across the country to tell their stories as well.”
Android users can download the Youth Radio app in the Google Play Store, and interact with news stories and topics. We want to hear your story–download the app today!