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Hamburg students create mental health app

Motivational app gets national attention
Posted: 5:49 PM, Jun 24, 2019
Updated: 2019-06-24 18:17:47-04
EnCourage U App

BUFFALO, N.Y. (WKBW) — It's inspiration at your fingertips.

"There's been a lot of things going around with mental health and we thought it was an important topic to touch on," said Hamburg High School Sophomore Abby Kane.

That's the mission motivating Hamburg High School students Abby Kane and Nevada Pohlman. As part of the girls' academy of finance class. The topic they chose -- mental health.

"We thought it was a really important topic, to create an app that could help people and make their day a little better," said Pohlman.

The app is called enCourageU and it's all about motivation.

"So basically when you pull up the app you can choose from inspirational quotes, inspirational messages, you can listen to music to calm yourself down or pump yourself up," Kane explained.

The girls' app encourages you to be the best version of yourself. One of the features is a selfie with an inspirational message.

"If someone is down one day or stressed out or anything they can go on this app they can ease the stress, give them some motivation and encouragement to make their day better," said Pohlman.

Pohlman and Kane's app was one of five selected to win a national competition presented by Lenovo. Now the girls need your help to win the fan favorite vote.

"It would really be something special for us, our school, and Hamburg in general," said Pohlman.

Click here to vote for the enCourageU app. The pair will be heading to Detroit this July to present the app to a national audience.