Share Your Story

Once you get going, sharing the story of what your group does has several benefits.

First, kids get a kick out of seeing how many Youtube views you can get. Second, it helps you to get in touch with a variety of people who you wouldn't be connected to otherwise, which opens doors for more opportunities. Third, publicizing your Linux club brings in more support and donations from outside your school. Finally, sharing your story brings your school positive publicity, and school administrators love that.

Some of the things we have done to tell the world our story are:

Articles and interviews by others:
-- The Asian Penguins by Bryan Lunduke (Linux Journal)
-- Asian Penguins turn program into a Linux success by Don Watkins (
-- ANTHOLOGY – Hacker Stories From OSCON, All Things Open, and Node Interactive by Adam Stacoviak (Changlog Podcast)

Here is something to keep in mind when doing anything with media: for liability purposes, you MUST have a media release form for each kid in your club, so that you can use photos and video of them. Many schools handle a media release form for students as part of the enrollment process. But in the both the Asian Penguins and the Penguin Corps, just to be sure, we made a point of having our own.

Also, if at all possible, get the kids involved in putting together the material you put online. This way, they have a greater ownership of the whole project, and you have less work to do.