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Building Confidence Through Self-Discovery

Building Confidence Through Self-Discovery

Where does self-confidence come from? According to researchers, confidence is built from both external elements, like a positive family environment, and internal elements, like a strong sense of self. To develop a strong sense of self, tweens and teens need opportunities for self-discovery: learning about their unique character, beliefs, abilities,…

Why is Nurturing Self-Discovery so Important Right Now?

Why is Nurturing Self-Discovery so Important Right Now?

If you’ve been following us for a while, you probably already know that everything Lucero creates – from new features in the app to our social posts – is a collaboration between licensed clinical therapists and a team of youth advisors. Hands down, we believe that the best way to…

Using Spark as a Family

Using Spark as a Family

Here’s a little-known fun fact about Lucero: Long before we built an app, we created Quest Cards: a conversation card deck with questions that youth and families could use to spark conversations around the dinner table. With prompts like, “If your personality were a color, what would it be?” and…

How Can I Nurture My Youth’s Self-Discovery Journey?

How Can I Nurture My Youth’s Self-Discovery Journey?

Self-discovery is the mission of every adolescent’s journey from childhood to adulthood. A strong identity helps tweens and teens develop self-awareness, self-regulation skills and confidence, and it guides them to make healthier choices and to grow into resilient adults. How can parents and caregivers make sure young people get the…

What’s the Science Behind Self-Discovery?

What’s the Science Behind Self-Discovery?

Imagine the average adolescent. What qualities come to mind? You might think about big emotions, sensitivity, defiance, impulsivity, and maybe, just maybe, a hint of self-absorption. While there’s no such thing as a “typical” teen, research tells us that these traits show up for a good reason: they’re part of…

How an Emotion Wheel Pillow Inspired the Creation of Spark

How an Emotion Wheel Pillow Inspired the Creation of Spark

“With tweens and teens, it’s pretty common to hear ‘I don’t know how to describe what I’m feeling,’” says Meagan Butler, LPC. “And often, multiple emotions are happening at the same time.” As a therapist, Butler found assistance in the form of a fluffy pillow featuring the Emotion Wheel, an…

We are excited to share the following press release!

We are excited to share the following press release!

  LUCERO APP ADDRESSES YOUTH MENTAL HEALTH CRISIS Majority of Lucero Phone App Users Report Mood Improvement  [Austin, TX, June 2023] —  In the midst of an unprecedented mental health crisis which was recently highlighted by the US Surgeon General, over 50 youth, therapists, game designers and developers collaborated to…

Why Did We Include Connection With Our App Model?

Why Did We Include Connection With Our App Model?

Connection is a core component of adolescent mental health. Without supportive relationships, tweens and teens are far more likely to experience depression and anxiety and to be at risk for self-harm. Positive relationships with family, friends and others build tweens’ and teens’ self-esteem, increase their resilience, lower their risk of…

Meet the Team: Madison, Youth Advisor

Meet the Team: Madison, Youth Advisor

Meet Youth Advisor Madison, aka Maddie. You can find Maddie creating content for Lucero over on Instagram. She also helps our team of licensed therapists ensure that all the activities in the Lucero app are teen-tested and approved. Maddie brings drive, creativity and a playful spirit to the team, and…

Meet the Team: Martha, Youth Advisor

Meet the Team: Martha, Youth Advisor

You can find Martha, one of Lucero’s dynamic Youth Advisors, creating content for Lucero over on Instagram. She also reviews content created by our team of licensed therapists to make sure everything in the Lucero app is teen-tested and approved. Martha is compassionate, creative and authentic. We’re so lucky to…

Meet the Team: Journi, Youth Advisor

Meet the Team: Journi, Youth Advisor

Meet Youth Advisor Journi.  Journi combines her passions for creativity and mental health awareness by crafting content for Lucero on Instagram. She also helps our team of licensed therapists ensure that all the activities in the Lucero app are teen-tested and approved. We love her creative spark and infectious enthusiasm!…

Meet the Team: Dakota Becker, LPC

Meet the Team: Dakota Becker, LPC

Dakota Becker, LPC, is passionate about play. Her Lucero avatar is a steady, hard-working turtle, but she knows how to have a good time, too! As one of the lead therapists crafting content for the Lucero app, Dakota’s expert advice helps us make self-care fun for tweens and teens. She…

Meet the Team: Meagan Butler, MEd, LPC

Meet the Team: Meagan Butler, MEd, LPC

Do you ever wonder about the team behind the scenes at Lucero? Would it surprise you to know we have a unicorn on staff? She’s Meagan Butler, MEd, LPC, our clinical research lead. Meagan is both a native Austinite (known as a unicorn) and her Lucero avatar is a unicorn,…

Our History: How Did Lucero Come to Exist?

Our History: How Did Lucero Come to Exist?

When you tap on the pink and green icon with Lucero’s friendly face, you know you’re about to set out on an adventure of self-discovery. But the journey to build a gamified wellness app for tweens and teens actually started years ago, and – just like you – Lucero has…

Why We Chose a Youth-driven Approach

Why We Chose a Youth-driven Approach

Do you ever wish you could travel back in time and give your teenage self advice, encouragement, or maybe just a hug? Many of us have great memories of being a teenager, but we all remember plenty of challenging, cringe-worthy moments, too. A lot has changed, but tweens and teens…

Meet Jillian Domingue, CEO

Meet Jillian Domingue, CEO

We\’ve been building an app for \”framilies.\” Framilies are any combination of youth and adults who want to radically support each other.   Jillian Domingue, Lucero\’s CEO, has a Bachelor\’s degree in Human Development and Family Sciences from The University of Texas and over a decade of experience building programs,…

Are you looking for ways to better support the tweens or teens in your life?

Navigating adolescence can be tough.

That’s why Lucero has expertly created a safe space for tweens and teens to just be themselves.

Give them the tools to develop healthy habits that last a lifetime in a way in which they enjoy.

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