Our latest feature release is highly focused on groups including children and youths, and for good reason. After speaking with our users, we learned a lot about what it’s like communicating and putting together events for kids. A youth sports coach may want to know which players will be at the next game or practice, but not need to know whether parents will be there. A scout leader may want to know which kids are coming to the event and which parents will be there to help out. We also heard things like – As a parent, I know my child’s friend’s name, but I have no idea who their parents are. From there, we put together a really awesome way to manage youth groups, with both leaders and parents in mind.
In this release, here are the new things you can do:
- Set up an entire group involving youth participants in just 3 minutes
- As a parent, respond to events on behalf of your children
- Give youth their own category
- As a parent, associate yourself with your spouse, so both of you can respond on behalf of your child
- Create youth-only events and collect RSVPs
Set up a youth group in 3 minutes
As a youth group leader (PTA, youth sports, scouts, robotics, etc.), you may have a roster or excel sheet listing parents and their children. With our new members list, you can add all that information without having to wait for parents to join the group. This means you can add children to their parents’ listing, send messages, and create events for anyone in your group immediately.
Here’s how: Head over to your group, and then select the members tab. If you haven’t already invited everyone, simply click the “add” button. This will allow you to add the email addresses for all the parents in your group. Once you’ve done that, you will be able to add children to each parent. If there are two parents with the same children, you can associate those members so they both see the same children.
As a parent, respond on behalf of your children
Imagine you receive an email about a church event for the entire family. You want to let the person running the event know who in your family can make it. On the RSVP page for that event, you can add a child and provide their RSVP. The best part is, when you see the next event for that group, you won’t have to add the child again – their information will be securely stored.
Here’s how: When a group leader sends you an event, clicking the button in the email automatically takes you to the event page. From there, you will see the option to ‘add child’. Just type in their name, and you’ll have the ability to RSVP for that child.
Give youth their own category
Let’s say you’re the coach of a baseball team. With categories, you can create subgroups for outfielders, infielders, and pitchers (for example). When you set up your practices and games, you can instantly schedule or message these subgroups.
Here’s how: When you select the members tab within your group, you will see a section titled “categories.” This is where you can create categories and assign them to whomever you wish. Need to call a practice just for pitchers and catchers? Using categories lets you do it instantly.
As a parent, associate yourself with your spouse, so both of you can respond on behalf of your child
Our association feature allows either parent to respond for a child. It also gives both parents the ability to change the child’s response. That way, we cover those situations where one spouse RSVPs ‘yes’ to an event for a child, and the other spouse needs to change the response because the family already has plans.
Here’s how: When you select the members tab within your group, you will see a section titled “associations.” Simply select your spouse, and they’ll be able to RSVP on behalf of any children you add.
Create youth-only events
As a scout leader, let’s say you’ve asked each patrol to hold a patrol meeting. These are local events for scouts only, without the need for uniformed leaders or other adult volunteers. You can create the event, or have any group member set it up for their patrol.
Here’s how: When creating an event or sending a new message, select the “to” button. From there you can select specific people (both adults and children).
As usual, we would love to hear what you think about this release. LOG IN, take a look around, and let us know if you have any questions. You can message us here – Hello@StartingPoints.com