Anybody can create a group!
T4PE is a great place to start a group for your project
team. It'll help everyone stay up-to-date in between your
in-person meetings. If you choose "Moderated Membership", you can
invite as many or as few people as you want. Invite your adult
advisor, the director of the nature center you are working with,
your friends, classmates, and teachers. Or keep your group only for
your team of four to communicate (just don't forget to include your
Or you can start a group for a wider community such as
for your area or country, or about a certain topic that's important
to you. So have fun! Start a group - or join one!
Here are some things to include when you create a
- Name: Name your group. It can be the same as the name of
your service-learning project, or just relate in some way to your
interest. Bird Nerds, anyone? (Hey! It is so funny!)
- Upload a photo: Add an image that highlights what your
group is about.
- Description: Summarize the main focus of your project in
a short paragraph (50-100 words).
- Group Address: Your page will have its own url, so you
can use it to share the good work your team has done with friends,
teachers, college admissions offices, potential employers, your
grandma - in a word: everyone.
- Website: If your group has another web site, link to it
- Location: List your city/area, or country. No street
addresses, please- privacy is important and T4PE isn't planning on
mailing you a birthday card, anyway.
- Text Box: After you have created your group, you will
have an additional text box. You can use it to share information
about your project that might help other people with their
projects- talk about things like:
- why you chose this project
- what you had to do to get your project started
- what you actually did
- what you learned
- what you enjoyed
- how your project benefits your local community and
- the problems you encountered
- what you wish you had known before you started
- what you would do differently, if anything
- You can also insert images of your project, add web links,
download videos, etc.
- Discussion Forum: If you want feedback, or have
questions, start a discussion forum for people to chime in.
- Other Suggestions:
- Each time you go back to update your group page, don't assume
that someone has already read the previous information. Modify or
add to your text – don't just replace it.
- Remember that to include enough details to help visitors
understand what it is you’re doing.
- You never know who may be looking at your page. Don't put
anything on it you wouldn't want your grandma to read.
- Check out the Interactive
Resource List at Youth Service America for loads of tips on how
to: take photos of your project; speak to a group or members of the
media; invite elected officials to an event; fundraise; and a lot