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Mindfulness Guidance for At-Risk Youth

We helped the social impact research team at Influents Innovations create the first sobriety-focused emotional support app designed specifically for young adults.


  • UX/UI Design
  • App Development
  • Multimedia


  • Animation
  • Trial (RCT)
  • Item-Response


  • iOS
  • Android
Two stacked mobile phones displaying screens from Qlarity mobile mindfulness app for youth substance abuse recovery.
Tablet displaying "Success" screen from Qlarity mobile mindfulness app for adolescents.

Product Background

Remaking guided meditation to fight teen addiction

Early intervention can have life-changing consequences for young drug and alcohol users, but few available resources address the unique challenges young people face in their recovery efforts.

The behavioral health innovators of Influents Innovations came to Twenty Ideas with an evidence-based concept to help fill this void: Qlarity, the first mobile meditation app for sobriety support designed specifically for pre-teens and young adults.


Maximizing impact through user fit

The researchers at Influents needed an app that would look, sound, and feel relatable to its young users. We designed and built an immersive digital space where users felt safe to explore their recovery struggles and practice cognitive and behavioral coping skills.

Collage of images of smiling teen looking at phone, smiling group of teens together outdoors, mountain peak, and Qlarity logo.
Four screens from Qlarity mindfulness app for teens, including Doing Good Deeds, Rewards, and Begin Training.


Designing real-life help for a virtual medium

We worked with the Influents research team to pinpoint the ways in which most substance abuse programs don't align with the needs of young people. Then, we translated the core components of these interventions into a format, look, and feel tailored to fit naturally into the lives of recovering adolescents.

Introduction screen from Qlarity mobile mindfulness app for adolescents.


On-the-go retreat

Qlarity is designed to be a calming and private sanctuary users can access any time they encounter triggering situations in the real world.

Collage of style elements, icons, and reactions from Qlarity mobile mindfulness app.


Designed for peace of mind

Stress-relieving aesthetic uses color, imagery, and layout to create a quiet, distraction-free, and intimate environment to encourage disclosure, reflection, and meditation.


Therapeutic UX

We built mindfulness into the structure and function of Qlarity to create a centering experience from first tap.

How are you feeling? screen from Qlarity mobile app next to photo of young woman using mobile phone.
"Feeling stressed?" body scan meditation screen from Qlarity mobile mindfulness app for teens.


Inhale, exhale

Guided meditation exercises offer relatable support from the perspective of a trusted confidant who genuinely understands the user’s experiences and feelings.


Taking stock

Value and mood surveys incorporate emotional imagery to help young users sort through complicated feelings and identify how avoiding substance abuse will benefit the aspects of their life they care about most.

Mobile phone showing "Safety" and other motivation screens from Qlarity mobile mindfulness app.


Go with the flow

Intuitive navigation encourages interaction with the app through a simple, subtly motivating design that leads users down a gentle path to mindfulness.

Introduction screen from the Qlarity meditation mobile app next to photo of a teen on a skateboard.


Our Qlarity prototype helped Influents Innovations gain Phase II SBIR grant funding through the National Institute on Drug Abuse. It is currently the only mindfulness-based mobile app specifically seeking to address adolescent substance abuse within the context of the juvenile justice system.

Twenty Ideas translated our concept into a beautiful, sensitively designed tool ready to help real-world users. From the visuals to the product name, they were able to take the authentic, supportive feeling we had in mind and put it onto the screen.

Dr. Dana K. Smith

Research Scientist at Influents Innovations

The Twenty Ideas team helped bring our project into focus through their technical expertise and strategic design approach. They took the time to understand the research behind our vision for the product, and they creatively collaborated with us to produce an efficacious program.

Dr. Herb Severson

Co-PI at Qlarity

Featured Technologies

Ionic Capacitor for iPhone/iOS And Android

  • Push Notifications

TypeScript & Google Firebase

    React Web App

      Compliance Considerations for WCAG & HIPAA