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How to Get Started

An important part of the YHAV experience and community is anonymity.  We use several online platforms such as Zoom and Slack, and we ask that you follow the guidelines below to be a part of our YHAV community.

Schedule a 1 on 1 session with our team to customize your Villager Support experience.


           Let us help you find your groups and personalize your experience. 

Step 1

After signing up to be a member of YHAV one of our team members will add you to the YHAV Slack.

  • You will receive an email from Slack informing you that you have been invited to join the workspace titled “Youhaveavillage”

  • Click “Join Now”

  • You will be directed to the Slack webpage, follow the instructions on the website to create your Slack account → Slack will automatically use your email to create your account

  • Ignore the prompt to use your full name and create an anonymous username like you did on YHAV (these can be the same or different if you’d like)

  • After creating your account, you should be automatically added to the workspace where you can connect with YHAV team members and other parents → you should receive an email notifying you of this

  • You can then click “Open Slack” and you will be connected through your web browser

  • For mobile use, you can download the Slack App on iOS or Android devices, once downloaded just sign into your slack account and connect via phone!

For users who already have a Slack account:

  • We recommend creating a different account so as not to reveal your anonymity if possible, however we just ask that you change your name through your account settings if you decide to use the same account

  • Please note, if you do use the same account information, at the top left of your slack app there is a square with your workspace, you may need to click on this square to be able to view and access the “Youhaveavillage” workspace

Step 2

Choose a non-identifying name for yourself!  Note that there is a 22 character limit. You will need to change both your full name and display name so that they don’t identify your real name.

Think of a name that represents who you are!  BringOnTheCoffee? RatherBeCamping? 

Step 3

Add a photo that represents something important to you 

                       (just please not a picture of yourself)

  • To edit, click on the little people in the upper right corner of the screen, select yourself, then hit “edit profile.” Be sure to save any changes.

  • From your desktop, click your profile picture in the top right.

  • Select View profile from the menu.

  • Click Edit profile.

  • Under Profile photo, click Upload an Image.

  • Select a photo.

  • Adjust the framing, then click Save.

  • Click Save Changes.

Step 4

When you participate in a group through YHAV:

1. Choose the same fun, non-identifying name for yourself on Zoom that you did for Slack!

​        If you already have an account on Zoom, you’ll need to change your name.            You can do this by clicking your name in the upper right hand corner, and

       selecting “edit my profile” from the drop down menu. After you’ve typed your

       name in, be sure to hit the black “ok” at the bottom to save. 

       Please make sure that you do not have a profile photo of yourself attached to

       your account. Feel free to choose a photo that represents something else that

       you love - a favorite animal, superhero, or place that you’ve been to. 

       If you forget to do this, we will message you in the group and ask you to

      change your name before you can continue participating.

2. Your camera will automatically be turned off. 

3. Please mute your microphone when you aren’t talking.

Step 5

Join your group!

Look at our schedule and book now to join your community

Step 6

Rules for Slack

Our main goal is to make our community anonymous, safe and supportive.  In order to ensure this we ask that you follow our guidelines below (we can write this in a more detailed way but wanted to get this here).  Our community will be monitored 7 days a week from 8am - 12midnight.  Please reach out at any time (email??) if you run into a concern within the community.

Slack is a messaging platform that allows you to connect with YHAV team members and chat with other parents.  There will be designated times where YHAV members monitor the group chat to respond to any concerns or challenges you are dealing with.



Please no swearing, rudeness, bullying or threats.  Please be respectful of others and stay away from judging fellow villagers.  We are all always doing the best we can.  This is a supportive, helpful and respectful place….

If you are dealing with a critical emergency, please contact 911 as soon as possible.

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