The Youth Radio App : The Team

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Finally–an app that lets you listen and respond to Youth Radio’s stories using your Android device!

And what’s even better: we made this thing! Using a tool called  App Inventor, a team of young people from Youth Radio Interactive (YRI) worked with mentors and partners from MIT Media Lab to design and code everything you can see, hear, and do on the app!

Use our app to listen to stories from our archives, and—our favorite part—share your photos and thoughts by responding to polls you’ll find attached to each feature story. That way, we can include YOUR story in our future reporting.

We look forward to the stories we’ll tell together!

How We Did It:

We divided our young people into teams to create five different prototypes. Then, they presented their apps to our App Inventor partners including engineers from Google, MIT, and University of San Francisco. We combined two ideas to create the design for the Youth Radio app. We decided we wanted the app to feature our stories, and collect photo responses as well as poll answers from our listeners.

The challenge: App Inventor wasn’t yet set up to support the functionality we wanted for the app. So our great MIT collaborators Andrew McKinney and Vehda Sayyaparaju agreed to build new a brand new tool inside App Inventor that allows designers to add, store, and download media (photos, audio, and more!).

After much testing and iteration, we bring you the Youth Radio app!

The Team

Kayla Garrett was an intern at Youth Radio Interactive
Kayla Garrett | YRI Intern

Senay Alkebu-lan was is an intern at Youth Radio Interactive
Senay Alkebu-lan | YRI Intern

Joy White was an intern at Youth Radio Interactive
Joy White | YRI Intern

Alvaro Magdeleno | YRI Intern

Shyra Gums was a project associate at Youth Radio Interactive
Shyra Gums | YRI Intern

Nkosi Richardson | YRI Intern

Kendrick Calkins
Kendrick Calkins | YRI Intern

Christina So was an intern at Youth Radio Interactive
Christina So | YRI Intern

Alex Kennedy
Alex Kennedy | YRI Intern

Vedha Sayyaparaju | MIT App Inventor Project
Vedha Sayyaparaju | MIT App Inventor Project

Asha Richardson| YRI Manager
Asha Richardson| YRI Manager

Andrew McKinney | App Inventor
Andrew McKinney | MIT App Inventor Project


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