The Journey of TXT CONNECT

TXT CONNECT was a mobile platform for court-involved youth and was co-designed and co-developed with young people in New York City. The initiative is no longer active, but the journey helped to shape lasting relationships. The Journey of TXT CONNECT from Media Make Change on Vimeo. A special thank you to […]


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TXT CONNECT to Compete at NMTF Tech for Development Competition

From left to right: Brennan D., Roger H., Emily B., Cristina SG., and Emeline B. (Teachers College graduate students in YMEJ)   On Thursday, November 14, 2013, TXT CONNECT will have the opportunity to pitch an idea for app development to leading industry experts at Columbia University’s New Media Task […]

Youth Tried in an Adult System

Every state in the United States of America permits juveniles to be tried as adults in court; especially when more serious crimes are committed. Approximately 250,000 youthful offenders are tried as adults in court every year.  Research has shown that juveniles who have been prosecuted as adults are 32% more likely to commit at least […]

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Stop and Frisk Ruled Unconstitutional

New York – On Monday, August 12, 2013, judge Shira A. Scheindlin ruled Stop-and-Frisk policing practices unconstitutional and “NYPD acted with deliberate indifference” to the Fourth and Fourteenth Amendments. Scheindlin surmised that “blacks are likely targeted for stops based on a lesser degree of objectivity founded suspicion than whites.” In […]

What We’ve Been Up To 1

It’s been three months since the I was awarded the Media Ideation Fellowship to develop a text line for court-involved youth, now known as TXT CONNECT. The more I talk with folks the more I realize how much progress my team and I have made in only three short months. […]