Mood Ring: By Youth, For Youth

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Hey, you found Mood Ring — Youth Radio’s app that helps you track emotions, reach out to friends, and feel like your best self.

The app itself is awesome (if we do say so ourselves). But there’s more to Mood Ring  than meets the 👀 !

While so many apps are made by adults for young people, Mood Ring was conceptualized, designed, and developed by youth, with youth, for youth.

It all started here at Youth Radio — a youth-driven non-profit production company and national network that prepares diverse young people for the digital workplace with hands-on education and employment in journalism, arts, and technology.

Young people in Youth Radio’s Interactive department use a combination of reporting, design, data, and code to make digital products like Mood Ring. We work with professional collaborators at our headquarters in Oakland, California as well as industry and university partners — like our amazing colleagues at MIT’s App Inventor Project who helped make Mood Ring.

For even more apps — like our fake news quiz, a guide to addressing sexual misconduct in high schools, and a look at gentrification in Oakland — check out Youth Radio Interactive’s work here.

And Youth Radio makes a lot more than apps! We produce audio and print stories, videos, music, poetry, infographics, and live events. Our national network and partnerships with outlets like NPR, The New York Times, and Teen Vogue provide a platform for next-generation storytelling to reach millions.

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Thank YOU for checking out Mood Ring, and thanks to all these folks who made it possible!

  • Asha Richardson – Lead Product Designer
  • Kadeem Palacios – Lead Developer
  • Lissa Soep
  • Storm White
  • Namiye Peoples
  • Jazon Blasher
  • Jessica Wang
  • Gabriel Saravia
  • Donta Jackson
  • Cassandra Xiloxochitl Gutierrez


This work is supported in part by the National Science Foundation under Grant No. DRL-1513282 and Grant No. DRL-1614239, and by Kaiser Permanente.

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