Contributor Working Group: Mentorship Chat Agenda | December 21st 07:00 UTC (APAC/EMEA) and 16:00 UTC (AMER)

It’s time for the next Mentorship chat of the WordPress Contributor Working Group. We’re meeting this Thursday (December 21st) to continue our work on improving the contribution experience of WordPress. For more information on the working group and its plans, check out our launch post and past chats.

Meeting times

We will hold these chats in multiple time zones to accommodate as many time zones as possible. These chats will continue to be held on the Third Thursday of every month.

The chat will be held on the #community-team channel of the Make/WordPress Slack. Here’s the link to a handy `.ics` file containing calendar entries for our upcoming chat so you won’t miss it. These chats have also been added to the Make/Meetings calendar. Everyone interested in improving the contributor experience in WordPress and building future mentorship programs is welcome to attend!

Pinging some of our active working group members:

@adityakane, @casiepa, @cbringmann, @coachbirgit, @courane01, @foosantos, @harishanker, @javiercasares, @jeffpaul, @jominney, @kafleg, @leogopal, @leonnugraha, @meher, @milana_cap, @mikeschroder, @mrfoxtalbot, @mysweetcate, @nao, @nomadskateboarding, @onealtr, @oglekler, @patricia70, @realloc, @sereedmedia, @st810amaze, @sumitsingh, @thehopemonger, @thewebprincess, @topher1kenobe, @tobifjellner, @unintended8, @webtechpooja, @yoga1103, @josepmoran, @ratneshsonar, @gusa, @matteoenna, @onemaggie

Agenda

In the last Mentorship Chat, we established a schedule for the next cohort of the Contributor Mentorship program. It’s time to open for the cohort 2 mentorEvent Supporter Event Supporter (formerly Mentor) is someone who has already organised a WordCamp and has time to meet with their assigned mentee every 2 weeks, they talk over where they should be in their timeline, help them to identify their issues, and also identify solutions for their issues. & mentee calls!

1. Welcome, introductions, and check-ins
How is everyone doing? New members joining the group can also introduce themselves.

Any volunteers for notetaking, next agenda drafting, or next meeting host?

2. Call for Volunteers for Mentorship Cohort #2
We are a bit behind schedule but still have enough time to run the coreCore Core is the set of software required to run WordPress. The Core Development Team builds WordPress. program on the planned dates.

2-1: Review Adjusted Schedule

  1. Planning phase (now/ending)
  2. Publish Call for mentees/mentorsEvent Supporter Event Supporter (formerly Mentor) is someone who has already organised a WordCamp and has time to meet with their assigned mentee every 2 weeks, they talk over where they should be in their timeline, help them to identify their issues, and also identify solutions for their issues. (late November; close at the end of the year) Week of January 8, 2024
  3. Cohort selection & program building: (Jan 16 – Feb 9) (Jan 8 – Feb 15)
  4. Announce selected mentees/mentors (Feb 14)
  5. Mentorship Program: 4-6 weeks (Feb 19 – March 29; 6 weeks leading up to the release week)
  6. Graduation & Retrospective: 2 weeks (April 1 – April 12)

2-2: Review the cohort announcement

https://github.com/WordPress/wp-contributor-working-group-tracker/issues/6

3. Team Project Wanted
Reflecting on the feedback from the previous cohort and related discussions, it appears we need to identify some well-defined projects for our mentees. @onemaggie brought up the Community Theme Project, which could fit well as one of them. 

Do you have any other project suggestions?

4. Clarification for the Working Group

  • SlackSlack Slack is a Collaborative Group Chat Platform https://slack.com/. The WordPress community has its own Slack Channel at https://make.wordpress.org/chat/.
    • Please make use of the Slack #contributor-mentorship channel for open discussion.
    • Don’t hesitate to share any relevant information for mentorship in general.
  • Contributor WG GitHubGitHub GitHub is a website that offers online implementation of git repositories that can easily be shared, copied and modified by other developers. Public repositories are free to host, private repositories require a paid subscription. GitHub introduced the concept of the ‘pull request’ where code changes done in branches by contributors can be reviewed and discussed before being merged be the repository owner. https://github.com/
  • Five for the Future GitHub
    • If anyone wants to work on documentation for the 5ftF contributors, please add it to the GH repository

5. Questions, thoughts, and open floor!
If we still have time after all that intense discussion, we’ll open up the floor to discuss mentorship broadly and our program!

Looking forward to seeing you soon!

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