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Need help with registration on the site? We've listed several questions and answered them here in the event you need help. If you still need help after reading them, please Contact Us.

Why would I want to register?

If you want to do exciting online activities on this site, like write in your very own private journal, use our goal-setting tool to make your dreams come true, and more, you'll need to register (see What Can I Do Here?). This way, you can save your work and come back to it at any time, from any computer!

How do I register?

You'll need to have your own private e-mail address before you can register. If you don't have an e-mail account, see What if I don't have an e-mail account? below.

Once you have an e-mail address, you can register by going to our Youth Registration form.

How do I confirm my registration?

As you'll see on the Web page once you complete your registration, you'll need to check your e-mail within 4 days (or 96 hours, to be exact) for a message from youthhood@umn.edu. Follow the instructions in the e-mail to confirm your registration. If you miss the deadline, you'll need to start all over again (whaaa).

What if I don't get my registration confirmation e-mail?

If you do not receive your registration confirmation e-mail from youthhood@umn.edu within seconds (it is sent automatically and immediately), something's up. It could be because:

  • The message may have gone to your Bulk or Junk mail folder. Some programs automatically move messages to one of these folders. Check there if you do not see the message in your Inbox.
  • Your e-mail account may be blocking messages. If you have e-mail blocking software, your e-mail account may only accept messages from specific e-mail addresses. Check to see that messages from youthhood@umn.edu will come through to you. For many e-mail programs, you can do that by adding youthhood@umn.edu to your contacts or address book.
  • Your e-mail inbox may be full. Some e-mail accounts are limited to a certain number of kilobytes. Be sure your e-mail inbox is not full. You can test this by sending a message to yourself from yourself! That's always fun!
  • You may have mistyped your e-mail. You will need to re-register and be certain to type your e-mail correctly.
  • You may have entered a non-existent e-mail account. You will need to re-register with a valid e-mail account if this is the case.

What if I don't have an e-mail account?

As you may already know, you must have a working e-mail address to register on the site. If you don't have an e-mail account, the first thing to do is to check with your teacher, parent, and/or another adult you may be exploring this site with. They may've set you up with an e-mail account. If not, there are some ways to get it, for free!

If you're needing to create your own e-mail account, here's a list of free e-mail providers (these links open in a new window):

Can I still use the site if I can't register?

If you're not able to register on the site, you can still visit our many Web pages, like The Hangout, The Job Center, and more (use the links in the left sidebar at the top of this page). You can also visit the other Web sites we link to from various pages to do fun online games and learn more on each topic (you'll see these in an orange box near the bottom of a page, saying "Browse a Web site"). By not registering, you just won't be able to use the online features of this site.

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