The Nerdery - Overnight Website Challenge

Minneapolis 2013,

Anxiety In Teens

In 2006, Eden Prairie high school student Solome Tibebu suffered from a severe anxiety disorder. There was no resource online to help her when she searched for it, so she decided to create one:, a place for youth with mental health disorders to find information, inspiration and community.

Adapted from the Center for Business Learning Through Service at the University of St. Thomas, Anxiety In Teens has created a tested, unique model where college students engage in programming mental health events and offering peer-focused advice online for younger teens regarding issues they had once experienced themselves. Completely college student-run events, such as the Finals Week Stress Relief Event and the Girls Overcome Anxiety Weekends, are truly unique opportunities for teens to learn skills for mental wellness. Anxiety In Teens has been completely college-student run and has gained national recognition, including by the ADAA, a recipient of the SAMHSA/FFCMH Youth MOVE National Dare to Dream Award and the Minnesota Association for Children's Mental Health 2011 “Outstanding Service” Award.

What new functionality we are looking for

1) User Experience (UX) - need a flexible theme that can easily updated.

2) Content Audit - Analyis on if we are presenting our content in the best way for an online mental health magazine for youth and how to improve it if not. Set-up for better SEO.

3) User profiles- place where users can create their own profiles, express themselves, and potentially some sort of record zone/journaling/mood tracking feature.

3) Mobile Responsive Site.

4) Vanilla forums (or other forum plugin) to create a better community within the site.

5) Social Media Integration - we have robust Facebook, Twitter & Tumblr communities, but plugins are currently not working on most browsers.

6) Help fix our MailChimp newsletter.

...Potentially better branding - analysis of our core message and audience can result maybe even a better logo, which could change colors/style.

How the new functionality will help

At the core of our existence is access and community for teens to reach information on mental health disorders wherever they need it in the way they are most comfortable accessing it- online. For years our growing body of teen users and their parents have stuck with us- courageously sent in their own personal stories, reading and writing our content, and finding solace in the online information we provide to show them that they are not alone.

As a primarily online resource for teens and platform for college students to provide that content, a new website would make an especially big impact for our organization.

How our organization will use the technology

Who will use the technology

Before & After Snapshots

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47 Messages from Supporters

2013-02-08 03:06:13 UTC
Scott Davis

Anxiety in Teens makes a difference. It is that simple. So many teens look to this site when dealing with issues they just can't share with anyone else (yet). How many things in this world do you feel qualify as the only place to turn for help when you have a problem? For many teens, AIT is that one place.

2013-02-08 03:07:39 UTC
Wes Hoefer

Solome empowers people to not only feel comfortable with their illness but also gives them the tools to both understand themselves and most importantly take action in healing themselves. She gives people confidence to conquer their disorders, with her personal case study being the shining example of success.

2013-02-08 03:13:06 UTC
BreAnna Fisher

Anxiety in teens fills a large gap in the market place helping young people with resources on a difficult topic .

2013-02-08 03:15:34 UTC

As an entrepreneur who offices in the same space as Solome, I am continually impressed with her enthusiasm and passion for Anxiety in Teens. Not only is Anxiety In Teens a novel concept, but I also find Solome a remarkable entrepreneur who was able to find a way to cope with her own anxiety while in high school and make a huge impact for other teenagers dealing with the same issues. She has truly made a difference in this world.

2013-02-08 03:18:52 UTC
Dan Flies

Anxiety in Teens is an amazing organization that is serving an often overlooked community. Their focus on those suffering with anxiety-related disorders at such a young age is key. This award would help get kids on the right path, showing them how to make in positive choices to cope with anxiety instead of turning to harmful activities

2013-02-08 05:12:03 UTC
Christine Skopec

I have worked with Anxiety In Teens in the past and have known Solome for a number of years now. She is so dedicated to reaching out to young people who have struggled with anxiety for years that previously had no voice. So many teenagers suffer from anxiety disorders, yet there are virtually no readily available resources for them. She has finally become the much needed voice for every single youth who has ever felt overwhelmed and alone, because she has been there and has been brave enough to revisit all of her past struggles in the effort to bring awareness to the importance of mental health. This type of organization and the Cognific system are long overdue. As my mother told me when I became involved with Anxiety in Teens: "I so wish that this had existed when I was in high school. I was always anxious, but there was no way to express that and nobody who could really help." Now there is a way for teenagers to express their feelings of anxiety and get the help they need. An absolutely stunning organization run by an equally stunning individual.

2013-02-08 05:21:00 UTC

I am currently a volunteer with Anxiety In Teens and a student at the University of St. Thomas. One thing that Anxiety in Teens has given me is a space to speak. Often times mental health issues get "swept under the rug" and it has been therapeutic for me to have a space to tell pieces of my story.

This is a piece of an article I just recently wrote:

I am a self-proclaimed, and semi-medically diagnosed, martyr and self-destructive masochist with a true medical diagnosis of depression and anxiety. I have spent the longest portion of my life within a destructive mindset and unwarranted ideas of being unworthy or undeserving of goodness. Now I realize that even as I write this these
problems still persist. The difference is what I have learned over the years about myself and my issues. I have been on the edge of suicide just within the last year. I push myself to exhaustion on a consistent basis. I am the epitome of “you are your own worst enemy.” I have spent countless hours degrading myself, going through an old film reel of all the mistakes or perceived failures of my life – extending to the earliest memories of my life.

I am still “making up for lost time” and my life plans have
extended themselves to accommodate for my mental health needs. Notwithstanding the general grievances of life as a college student who works my life has been better since last October. I have the necessary support in terms of friends,family members, and professional health care and my own inner strength which has somehow carried me this far.

To end with my favorite quote:
“Success is not final; failure is not fatal; it is the courage to continue that counts.”
~ Winston Churchill

2013-02-08 05:31:32 UTC
John Christensen

Anxiety in Teens is ground breaking. I have worked with Solome for several years and find her to be a brilliant individual. I admire most her untiring pursuit of quality of life for those who come to her for guidance.

2013-02-08 05:33:06 UTC
Sarah Kinney

Solome Tibebu is an extraordinary individual. Her compassion is immediately evident by all who come to know her. I am especially impressed by how she has turned personal hardship into a positive force through Anxiety in Teens. This is a rare and unique quality that I respect tremendously and encourage others to value as well.

2013-02-08 06:11:12 UTC
Emily Ross

Solome is on the cutting edge of mental health services with Anxiety in Teens. She is driven, focused, and methodical in her plan to bring early interventions to a vulnerable population that is FULL of potential. Solome recognizes the potential of targeting youth with mental health challenges and uses this potential to fuel her energies. The mental health field is truly fortunate to have people like Solome and organizations like Anxiety in Teens to promote the continued success of the recovery movement and overall wellness for those who are living with mental illnesses.

2013-02-08 07:43:32 UTC
Austin Nash

Anxiety In Teens is a great organization which is making an impact in the lives of young people suffering with anxiety. Solome has done an amazing job building a well run organization. Anxiety In Teens is well deserving of this award and it will go a long way to help further their mission.

2013-02-08 14:38:04 UTC
Josh Anderson

Anxiety in Teens is a great organization that aims to serve our youth who simply needs answers in a moment - and what better place to turn to than the internet! I had the pleasure of working for Solome and Anxiety in Teens as an intern while in college, and I can say that this organization not only has the desire to provide lifechanigng information for the teens they serve, but also the ability to do so effectiveley.

2013-02-08 14:54:27 UTC
Deepa Ram-Souza, M.A.

After sharing time and space with Solome, I was relieved to know there are people like her in the world. Her mission to bring change to those suffering from anxiety was focused, humble, and inspiring. The project she has launched brings opportunities for people to help each other, for her to utilize her experiences with anxiety as a teen, and a tool in the future of mental healthcare. As a psychotherapist, I was grateful to see someone take their personal healing and share it with the world. She is not only a survivor but a mentor and role model. I recommend her for this and any award she seeks in order to bring her dreams to a well deserved reality. She has my support 100%. Best wishes, Solome. Love & Light.

2013-02-08 15:00:25 UTC
Kate Barr

Finding the website for Anxiety in Teens is the answer to the prayers of many teens who feel like no one understands them. At last they find "their people" and access to ongoing and reliable information and resources. Since most of the organization's value is through their web site, and since tech savvy teens are the primary audience, an interesting, interactive, dynamic web site is key. This would be a transformational web design project for both the organization and the teens who need support.

2013-02-08 15:29:46 UTC
Azza Cohen

I was lucky enough to meet Solome this summer at a youth conference and hear her speak about overcoming anxiety. She is an absolute rock star. She makes herself and her story approachable, and empowers listeners to want to help her. I think Anxiety in Teens does wonderful work and they are more than deserving of this prize. Mental health is no easy topic, and Solome's courage in not only sharing her struggles, but providing a platform for others to share theirs is a simply brilliant idea. It would be so great if Solome could get the recognition she deserves!! I know she will do great things with this grant! I really believe a vote for Anxiety in Teens is a vote for hope. Solome is an inspiration, and I know she's make the world a better place. I know I'm a better person for having met her. VOTE SOLOME!!

2013-02-08 15:45:34 UTC
Claire Maccani

Not only is Anxiety in Teens a great resource for individuals with anxiety, it has many awesome opportunities for people to get involved and help others! I have especially enjoyed the opportunity to volunteer at the OutRun Anxiety 5k the last couple years and be able to see many people in the community coming together for a great cause!

2013-02-08 16:00:33 UTC
Meagan T.

For most of my life, I have suffered from mental disorders including anxiety. Now that I am an adult, trying to cope with the difficulties that such a disorder creates in my life has been a bit easier. However, when I was a teenager, coping mechanisms were rare to find anywhere-school, the internet, etc. I am confident that if Anxiety In Teens had been around when I was younger, my struggle might have been less overwhelming. Anxiety In Teens is a wonderful resource for young people to reach out to. It is a source of hope for teenagers who feel alone and fear that they have no way out of a difficult situation that is unfamiliar to them. Anxiety In Teens is a blessing to all!

2013-02-08 16:33:00 UTC
Amanda Sesker

I've known Solome for years and have never seen a more selfless, motivated young woman in my life. She always strives for the best and her brainchild, Anxiety in Teens, deserve no less. I love seeing how both she and Anxiety in Teens have grown over the years and hope they continue to do so and reach even out further to more young people who need access to vital help and information regarding mental health.

Please help this wonderful organization!

2013-02-08 16:38:23 UTC
Kelly Walsh

I have been active throughout college on the business development side of things as well as seen the growth and affect of the organization that has had and continues to have an amazing reaction from its followers. The growth and development will continue to expand as Solome continues her hard work and development of the organization through creative and unique routes, especially through my favorite event her annual 5 k run!

2013-02-08 16:41:23 UTC
Jessica Urban

Mental health is very important in order to lead a fulfilling and happy life. For young teens suffering with anxiety, an online resource is a great tool because it brings together a community of teens and experts working together to overcome anxiety in a more anonymous environment where personal experiences can be more easily shared. One of the first steps in overcoming anxiety is having an understanding of what exactly anxiety is and what is happening to the chemistry in your body, and having others to support and understand you. Anxiety In Teens does all of this and more while having a great team of volunteers behind the website. I have volunteered with Anxiety In Teens several times in the past and it's inspiring seeing how passionate Solome and the entire team is and how they are able to use their own experience with anxiety to create resources for those still struggling.

2013-02-08 16:46:45 UTC
Dejen Tesfa

I've seen the Anxiety in Teens team work diligently over the past two years to change this industry. AiT being awarded this website renovation would help push Solome and her team to impacting the lives of the one in 5 teens facing anxiety today.

2013-02-08 16:46:57 UTC
Kelly Heikkila

Anxiety in Teens is an incredible organization doing great things for Teens (and post-teens) in both the local and national community. Solome Tibebu and the rest of the staff utilize a unique combination of technology, grass-roots efforts and seemingly endless supply of energy to consistently deliver on their mission to help people suffering from anxiety and other emotional disorders. I am an Overnight Web Challenge developer alumn and would have been proud to work on a project of this caliber.

2013-02-08 16:58:53 UTC
Mollie S.

I've seen Anxiety In Teens grow from an idea based on one young woman's struggle, to a website, to an online resource for teens complete with a 5k fundraising race and other interactive events. This organization has unlimited potential, given the resources, due to the hard work and dedication of Solome and her team. A newly designed, interactive web page would give Anxiety In Teens a much deserved boost to connect and involve those affected by mental health disorders.

2013-02-08 17:21:18 UTC
Jean McCahey

I think Anxiety in Teens is a wonderful program. I talked to a few of my high school friends who all agreed that we would have benefited from a program like this. The sooner anxiety issues can be addressed in life, the better it will be for our whole society. We can all relate to anxiety. It's needless suffering that just needs to be resolved. I am grateful for a valuable program like this that can be easily delivered and used by the masses. Bravo!

2013-02-08 17:40:51 UTC
Barbara A Gorski, Ph.D.

I have know Solome, the founder of Anxiety in Teens (AIT), since she arrived at the University of St. Thomas. As a first-year student she walked into my office within the first two weeks of class to talk about AIT. She was assertive, articulate and just so darn engaging. If she had any fears about plunging into networking for AIT before she had even learned her way around, she certainly didn't show it.

From that day - some four plus years ago - to today, I have continued to watch Solome work to advance the mission and purpose of AIT. And I am fully aware that her hard work and dedication began long before I met her. She had already accomplished in high school what most professionals can only hope to do in a life time - she created an organization that makes a genuine and signficant differences in the lives of others - on a daily basis!!

She worked with our Opus College of Business Community Partnership progam and designed professional internships for numerous students who she led and mentored as they worked to ensure AIT reaches as many young people - who are struggling with anxiety and other mental health challenges - as possibe .

AIT is a tremendously important tool for young people and teens struggling with anxiety. Solome gives her soul to this organizatin. Solome continuously inspires others to give of their souls to make a difference through AIT.

I ask you to consider AIT as a recipient of your amazing tech work. I know it would do Solome's soul good to be supported in such a way. I know those young people and teens helped by AIT will find their soul's touched by your involvement. And, I also truly, truly believe that any of you who would connect with Solome and the mission of AIT through this partnership would find your souls have been enhanced, as well!

Thank you for your consideration of Anxiety in Teens for this partnership! They are most deserving!

Be Well!
Barbara Gorski, Ph.D.
Director of Buiness Learning through Community Partnerships
Opus College of Business
University of St.Thomas

2013-02-08 18:57:29 UTC

Solome Tibebu has worked endlessly to raise awareness for mental health. She created Anxiety in Teens - a great resource for those experiencing depression/anxiety. Everyone, especially teens, need to be able to reach out for help. Anxiety in Teens website has something for everyone who is struggling with anxiety and mental health; reading articles or testimonials, sharing your own experience, participating in events, and of course, where to get help. Anxiety in Teens and it's community would benefit from an updated website that engages the user and encourages them to ultilize the online tools Anxiety in Teens offers.

2013-02-08 19:05:38 UTC
Tara Olson

Anxiety in Teens is a truly innovative organization that gives college students the unique opportunity to give back by helping teenagers overcome the challenges they too once faced. Additionally, founder Solome Tibebu is an inspiration, taking her own unique experience dealing with anxiety and transforming it into a site that helps to fill the lack of resources available for teenagers in need of help and hope. I can't say enough about my own personal experiences with Solome and all the good she is doing for the world!

2013-02-08 19:15:33 UTC

Anxiety In Teens is very deserving of this award.
1 - Solome & team are actually doing something about an issue they care deeply about. Solome has a unique perspective and rather than sit on it, she has taken action and is making a difference.

2 -She is bringing the issue to light with an organized approach beyond her years and has become a voice to be heard and respected on the topic of anxiety. This issue unfortunately affects teens and manifests itself in a variety of forms, actions and re-actions. Anxiety is capable of morphing into major life threatening situations, she is getting ahead of it.
And finally,
4- It is incumbant and required upon the Award Winner to use its power to leverage, and move the cause forward. Solome has proven she will do this, with a maturity, voice, focus and organization that understands its reason for being, and is deserving of this recognition.

2013-02-08 22:03:09 UTC
Krista Wolter

Anxiety In Teens is an amazing resource that has the ability to not only provide valuable assistance to youth in need, but also to positively impact the lives of those providing this service.
This program and it's founder, Solome Tibebu, deserve all support possible to continue to develop this resource for teens in need.

2013-02-08 22:05:33 UTC

Solome is the right person to lead Anxiety in Teens towards impacting youth in our community. Aside from her personal experience of suffering from anxiety, she is a driven innovator who strives to make a real difference for future generations. I have no doubt in my mind that Anxiety in Teens is the ideal organization for this!

2013-02-08 22:59:10 UTC
Devin Rhode

Solome has been focusing on Anxiety in Teens for years and will continue to do so. Whatever features are done for it will pay many dividends to the community for a long time.

2013-02-08 23:00:40 UTC
Jolina Li

I've known some people who has Anxiety Disorder, and Anxiety in Teens will help these people tremendously. Anxiety In Teens will help youth with mental illness & their families get more information, as well as help and support from the community, and spreading the awareness. Solome Tibebu is the right person to lead this because she has suffered from a severe anxiety disorder and she knows what it's like, and exactly why people needed it.

2013-02-08 23:02:54 UTC
Don Kneepkens

I could not think of anyone else more deserving of this award. Solome has continuously proven her deep care for others by always striving to impact and improve the communities around her. Through Anxiety In Teens, she has created a network for teens to reach out to one another for support and resources. Her dedication to this cause not only has benefited many teens but has empowered others to take action in their own communities.

2013-02-08 23:07:16 UTC
Annie Magdziarz

Anxiety In Teens is so great. There are very few resources for young adults suffering from anxiety. Anxiety in Teens provides information, resources, and support, and as someone who dealt with extreme anxiety at a young age, I wish something as wonderful as Anxiety in Teens had been there for me. I love this organization and fully support the work that it does.

2013-02-08 23:10:46 UTC
an AiT Student Contributor

Have you ever felt anxious? Sure, we all have. Whether it’s the school play, a test, a big game, a job interview, or a new friend; we have all felt anxious. But have you ever felt that kind of anxiety that aches a little bit more than usual? That type of anxiety that makes you breathe a little shallower, weighs down on your chest and your mind, and isn’t easily pushed away? You aren’t alone. In fact, you aren’t even in a small group. Did you know that roughly 1 in 4 Americans faces anxiety every year? I didn’t. That’s a HUGE number. And guess what? Those numbers mean that someone in your close circle of family and friends probably deals with anxiety too.

I have always been an anxious kid, always. When I was little I remember worrying that something would happen to my family and they wouldn’t come back. I had the greatest parents and upbringing a girl could ask for, so it wasn’t a fear that was warranted by any specific actions on their part. As I got older, my anxiety was like a rollercoaster. Up and down, up and down. Big test, it went up. Summer vacation, it went down. Choosing a college, it went up. Hanging out at my beautiful cabin, it went down. Moving into college 300 miles from anyone I knew, it went up. Growing up brings a lot of stress and unanswered questions.

I never noticed that my anxiety was such an issue, until recently. I started experiencing anxiety like never before. The type that stops you dead in your tracks. The type that makes your world move slowly around you, while your heart beats so fast you wonder if it’s going to pop out. The type that scares you and eats up a portion of your day.

If you haven’t guessed yet, I’m a sufferer of anxiety attacks.

The aftermath is comparable to a summer thunder storm. The kind that downs trees, leaves water pools in parking lots, and every so often leaves us without power. An anxiety attack leaves you wondering how to pick up the pieces of what just happened. It leaves you scared of having another attack.

When I started feeling this way, I decided it was time to do something about it. So here I am, writing content for Anxiety in Teens.

2013-02-08 23:10:51 UTC
Bink Semmer

I have referred many, many of my friends to Anxiety in Teens - for themselves, or children or friends. There are no easy or quick answers for anxiety but this website provides hope, testimonials and information until a plan can be put in place to address their issues. The site needs to be current and relevant as visitors come back frequently and they need new hope, new testimonials and coping skills. Anxiety in Teens needs your help in designing a new site to help our neighbors, our family and our friends.

2013-02-08 23:19:26 UTC
Nathan Fisher

Remember being a teen?? Do you remember your hurtles challenges difficulties questions?? Those were some difficult years for all of us... Now imagine being a teen with an anxiety disorder. Solome and her team have developed this tool to provide answers and help those teens with these difficult disorders. I can't think of a more "in need" demographic or a more comprehensive tool in which to help the teen demographic!!

2013-02-08 23:41:02 UTC
Martha McCarthy

I met Solome during her freshman year of college and was immediately inspired by her determination, drive and entrepreneurial ambitions. Anxiety in Teens is truly an amazing organization and Solome is an incredibly talented, mission-driven entrepreneur!

2013-02-09 15:37:55 UTC
Intern '12

Growing up, I experienced problems with depression and social anxiety and as I matured I began to realize that far from a personal flaw, what I was experiencing was a treateable disorder. Since that realization I have sought to understand the source of and modes of action for these disorders inorder to improve my knowledge and eventually help treat people suffering from similar situations (I'm a psych major, business minor). Anxiety In Teens is the platform for us to share this information with others, and I'm honored to be a part of this organization where I know my personal experiences can make a big difference with those users and event-goers who are going through similar symptoms and issues. This new website would be an enormous transformation for us, and will finally be the extra push we need to better serve our community- so many more teens are out there that need to be reached yet.

2013-02-09 17:30:03 UTC
Oisin Quinn

I have had the pleasure of knowing Solome for the last 2 years. Solomes creativity is only matched by her work ethic. Anxiety in teens is a creative modern nonprofit that speaks directly to those in need and is a fantastic example to follow for any young entrepreneur.

2013-02-09 18:16:57 UTC
Quinn Deeds

As race director for anxiety in teens I have the privy to see its effects first hand all the time. This organization is an invaluable resource for youths suffering from anxiety and depression disorders. It provides community and support as well as advice for them. Having this website redesign would be invaluable for us and would allow us to drastically improve our ability to aid these struggling youths.

2013-02-09 21:08:48 UTC
Alex French

Anxiety in Teens is an incredible company. Myself and many others use the resources on their site, which has made a direct impact on my life and the lives of many others. I know that if the site gets revamped it will provide an even better platform for helping the millions of teens struggling with anxiety disorders. With your help, AiT can help improve the lives of millions of teens.

2013-02-10 03:27:02 UTC
Emily Ross

Solome is on the cutting edge of mental health services with Anxiety in Teens. She is driven, focused, and methodical in her plan to bring early interventions to a vulnerable population that is FULL of potential. Solome recognizes the potential of targeting youth with mental health challenges and uses this potential to fuel her energies. The mental health field is truly fortunate to have people like Solome and organizations like Anxiety in Teens to promote the continued success of the recovery movement and overall wellness for those who are living with mental illnesses.

2013-02-10 05:52:08 UTC
Debbie & Matt Kramer

Anxiety In Teens is an online resources which helps youth in such a positive way.
This design project would really make a HUGE impact for them and for all of the
youth they serve!

2013-02-10 19:55:19 UTC
Mary Ortiz

The best nonprofits I know have a heart in the center of their organization and a driving compassion to help others. Solome Tibebu is this for Anxiety in Teens. Her understanding of what is needed to help teens, and others, is extraordinary. I have often heard her say "I try to keep it simple." Her product starts from the beginning where the teen is now and helps them grow forward at a pace where they can achieve success. It is so important to help the teens in need NOW before they head into adulthood and have even larger issues. Thank you, Solome, for recognizing a critical need, the intellect to develop how to help and the constant dedication to bring it to life.

2013-02-12 17:11:41 UTC

Solome's organization is on a noble mission powered by youth, tenacity, and community support. She's been bootstrapping for years. If there's anyone that knows how to take advantage of this opportunity and maximize the mileage, it's Solome.

This is a no-brainer.

2013-02-14 16:26:23 UTC
Alaura Krueger

I've been an active site user of Anxiety In Teens since the beginning. It's amazing how fast it's expanded! This organization has helped 100s of teenagers, including many people I'm close too. I am thankful for Anxiety In Teens and support it 110%! Keep up the amazing work - you are changing lives!


Our Mission

Anxiety In Teens exists to help youth with mental illness & their families get information, inspiration and community through online presence and offline events featuring education, refuge and connection. Over 1 in 5 youth suffer from a mental health disorder so severe that it distracts them from their daily activities (NIMH). As seen on the Stories of Hope & Help section, teens across the nation are seeking a place to be heard and get help for their often-times debilitating disorders and emotions. Anxiety In Teens is the first of its kind place where users can find information not written by professionals filled with medical jargon but rather by peers and college students who have experienced their same challenges. Solome gave a TED talk last November at TEDxTC, "Surviving Anxiety," see the full Anxiety In Teens story here: