Trinity professors design service learning phone app for youth groups

July 1, 2012

Children, Youth & Family Studies professors Mark Jackson and David Ellingson have created a smart phone application designed tofacilitate meaningful service projects and mission trips with youth.  It will be available later this summer as a free download for both iPhone and Android from

The phone app will include practical tools and resources for youth and their leaders to deepen faith-based service projects and mission trips. 

Features include:

  • Daily reflection journal to record service experiences
  • Photo capturing and sharing connected to social media sites
  • Photo slideshow for sharing experiences with others
  • Bible verses related to service, mission, and justice

In addition, a Leader’s Toolkit section includes:

  • List of reflection questions for processing group experiences
  • Ideas for creative reflection
  • Links to training videos
  • List of “what might go wrong” scenarios

“This will be an in-your-hands tool to help youth reflect on what they’re experiencing,” Jackson said.  “Individual and group reflection is key to deepening the impact of service experiences.”

The pair created the app as part of their work with the Service And Learning Leadership Team (SALLT) Project, started several years ago by a Thrivent Financial for Lutherans grant to develop youth leadership through service learning.

The phone app is set to be released during or soon after the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America’s Youth Gathering held mid-July in New Orleans, LA, which will draw over 33,000 youth and adults.  The ELCA Texas-Louisiana Gulf Coast Synod contributed to the project.

For more information about the SALLT Project, visit