Getting Started
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Getting Started
Welcome to the Washington Scholars Program (WSP) Forums, the online community for the Washington Youth Summit on the Environment (WYSE) and the Washington Journalism and Media Conference (WJMC).  Whether you are here because you love talking about journalism, are looking to talk about the environment, or have a question about the Program, we hope that you gain value from joining the discussion.   Our Social Media Specialists, Program employees who are skilled in the art of social media communication, are here to assist you with any questions or concerns you may have.  You can identify them by the Social Media Specialist tagline, blue WSP-branded shirt avatar, and -WSP with a MOD or ADMIN bar after their name.
 
Explanation of the areas of the WSP Forums
If you are new to any forum, you are probably feeling a little overwhelmed just looking at all the boards and areas that you can explore.  Never fear; we’re here to help explain the different areas of the forums so that you can easily navigate the boards and figure out where you want to post your discussions.  If you are a forum veteran, hopefully you’ll get some benefit from these insights as well.
 
Forums
You’ll find a listing of all of our Forum boards in a drop-down menu here.  You will also see the individual boards on the home page underneath the header image.  We divide our forum boards under a few different sections, including Students, Families, and Staff.
 
WJMC Correspondents
High school students who received an invitation by mail, received a nomination from a teacher or Conference alumni, or are simply interested in the Washington Journalism & Media Conference should use this board to ask questions about what you will experience at WJMC.  Members of our Youth Advisory Board, who have attended the Conference in the past, actively respond to questions here.  Official WSP Community Representatives respond to queries as well and are always available to help.
 
WJMC Parents
Parents of high school students who were nominated or are interested in WJMC should use this board to ask questions or find more information about what their students will experience at the Conference.  Important information about safety, scholarships, and tuition can also be found in this board.  Parents also have access to the Correspondents Board in the event the answer to a question is located there.
 
WYSE Correspondents
High school students who received an invitation by mail, received a nomination from a teacher or Summit alumni, or are simply interested in the Washington Youth Summit on the Environment should use this board to ask questions about what you will experience at WYSE.  Members of our Youth Advisory Board, who have attended the Summit in the past, actively respond to questions here.  Official WSP Community Representatives respond to queries as well and are always available to help.
 
WYSE Parents
Parents of high school students who were nominated or are interested in WYSE should use this board to ask questions or find more information about what their students will experience at the Summit.  Important information about safety, scholarships, and tuition can also be found in this board.  Parents also have access to the Delegates Board in the event the answer to a question is located there.
 
FAQ’s
Are you the type of person who likes to search out your information and get the answer on your own?  Our Knowledge Base Articles allow you to self-serve with tons of information at your fingertips!


Getting Started
Well, now that you’ve read up on our boards and all that they can offer, it’s time to jump into the WSP Forums community and offer your own thoughts to the discussion!
 
How to set up an account:  Ready for how complicated this is?  Simply click on Register in the upper left-hand corner and fill out the information requested.  That’s it Now you can sign in and join the discussion!
 
Creating a new post:  Click on the board you want to post in and hit the orange New Topic button on the left-hand side under the board name.  Type in a Subject title and then your post into the box.  When you’re all done, click the Post button to add it to the board.  Feel free to spell check, format or add appropriate links to your message!  Don’t forget to check out our Terms and Conditions, Forum Guidelines and Community Standards to see the do’s and don’ts for posting on the WSP Forums.
 
Replying to a thread:  Want to add your thoughts to a discussion? Click on the post you want to contribute to and hit the New Reply button at the end of the post.  You’ll get a new box with a subject line already inserted.  Input your opinions on the conversation and just like with Creating a new post above, click Post when you are ready to go!
 
Sending a Private Message:  Sometimes you may want to have a private conversation with another community member or our Social Media Specialists.  You can send a Private Message to our Social Media Specialists by clicking on the Private Message button across from their signature on any post they’ve made.

To send a Private Message to another user, you can click on their username to get to their profile and then click on the Send this user a private message link on the right-hand side.  You can also click on the red circle labeled Private Messages in the upper right left side of the forums to read your Private Messages or send one to other users, including our Social Media Specialists.  Just click on Compose New Message, fill out the Send to (make sure to type the username exactly as it is on the forum) and Message Subject boxes, then put your message in the box and click Send Message.
 
Accepted Solution:  When another user or Social Media Specialist provides you with a resolution to your inquiry, you can recognize that person by accepting their solution!  Simply find the post that answers your question and click the Accept as Solution button at the top of the post.  This lets the community know that the information provided may help them as well!
 
Kudos:  Want to let someone know that you liked their post?  It’s a way of giving a “thumbs up” or saying “great post” to the user or Social Media Specialist who contributed to the discussion.  You can also Kudo someone and accept their solution - it’s like a double whammy of thanks! Simply click on the button that has a Thumbs Up on the bottom left of a post to give someone a Kudo!


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