Hopelab’s team of researchers and designers are building technologies to support the health and happiness of LGBTQ+ teens and young adults. We’re calling this project, milk.
What We're Doing
Launched in January 2020, our team has been traveling the country (physically, and now virtually) chatting with young queer people and those who serve them to learn more about their needs, challenges, and experiences. We’re building and testing different digital tools to support their health and happiness, including an evolution of our award-winning chatbot, Vivibot—a research-backed tool for young people impacted by cancer, to our newest intervention called Nod that helps build stronger connections for young people.
Why This Matters
While there are excellent crisis services like Trevor Project, Crisis Text Line, and Trans Lifeline, there are fewer options like Q Chat Space for those who are looking for support in navigating the day-to-day experience of growing up queer. More evidence-backed, non-crisis options are needed to bolster the mental health and well-being of LGBTQ+ young people.
Queer & Thriving
On September 1, 2020 Hopelab, along with CenterLink and Headstream, hosted a virtual panel and Q&A with leading experts in LGBTQ+ teen and young adult mental health discussing what we need to know from research to support resilience among queer young people. The panel featured host, Arianna Taboada, MSW, MSPH and panelists, Shelley Craig, PhD, LCSW and Lance T. McCready, PhD.
Stay in Touch
If you’re interested in learning more or staying connected to the project, you can follow our progress with regular updates on our newsletter.
If you’re a member of the LGBTQ+ community and want to share your story or chat more, send a note to Joshua Lavra. While we’re designing for LGBTQ+ youth (ages 15–25), all of our stories can help shape the tools that support these younger generations.
A research and engagement workshop with Elevate and Hopelab to better articulate the MoMba maternal mental health app’s value proposition.
Over the course of two months, the teams discussed the overall strategy for developing and implementing the tool, landed on a process for choosing the right design and innovation firm for the project, and reviewed and clarified the product’s impact pathway.
The UNICEF team engaged Hopelab in a two-day research and design workshop to share learnings on the benefits of help-giving and the power of prosocial motivation and ideate ways to the social-emotional effects of the Kid Power program.