Contributor Working Group: Mentorship Chat Agenda |January 18th 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 (January 18th) 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.

Note that this is our first chat of 2024, and today’s chat is exciting because we just published the call for mentees of the Mentorship Program’s second cohort!

Meeting times

We will hold these chats in multiple time zones to accommodate as many participants all over the world 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, @alexcu21, @angelasjin, @casiepa, @cbringmann, @coachbirgit, @courane01, @devmuhib, @foosantos, @gusa, @harishanker, @javiercasares, @jeffpaul, @jominney, @josepmoran, @juliarosia, @kafleg, @leogopal, @leonnugraha, @matteoenna, @meher, @kirasong, @milana_cap, @mrfoxtalbot, @mysweetcate, @nao, @ninianepress, @nomadskateboarding, @oglekler, @onealtr, @onemaggie, @patricia70, @ratneshsonar, @realloc, @sereedmedia, @st810amaze, @sumitsingh, @thehopemonger, @thewebprincess, @tobifjellner, @topher1kenobe, @unintended8, @webtechpooja, and @yoga1103


In the last mentorship chat, we finalized plans for our next cohort. Last week, thanks to y’all’s timely feedback, we published the call for mentors and mentees for the next cohort!

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. Mentorship Cohort #2 planning

2-1: Program Schedule and status

  1. Call for 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. and mentees – Published 🎉
  2. Cohort selection & program building: (Jan 8 – Feb 15) – Ongoing
  3. Announce selected mentees/mentors (Feb 14)
  4. Mentorship Program: 4-6 weeks (Feb 19 – March 29; 6 weeks leading up to the release week)
  5. Graduation & Retrospective: 2 weeks (April 1 – April 12)

2-2. More Mentorship Projects Wanted
We are moving ahead with the Team Projects idea for this cohort. We have three active ideas right now: 

Are there any other projects that should be included?

More info about Mentorship Projects:

3. Call for Volunteers and Request for Process Feedback

We need volunteers to help with program tasks. Requesting group members to express their interest to help out with various available tasks:

  • Criteria for selecting mentors/mentees as well as selecting mentors and mentees. 
  • Amplifying our mentor and mentee calls for maximum impact
    • Follow up on the Marketing Team request
    • Sharing the announcement in various communities & 1on1 outreach
    • Emailing past applicants
  • Documentation Tasks
    • Revise & establish a Mentor guide (handbook, resource guide)
    • Revise & establish a Mentee guide
    • Show running document
    • Status checklist template for each mentee
      • Check-in templates (30-day, 60-day, 90-day)
  • Scheduling sessions and managing shared calendar
  • [Low Priority] Follow-up on the Mentorship Program participant spotlight articles
  • Any additional ideas on making our program more effective

SlackSlack Slack is a Collaborative Group Chat Platform The WordPress community has its own Slack Channel at

  • Please make use of the Slack #contributor-mentorship channel for open discussion.
  • Don’t hesitate to share any relevant information for mentorship in general.

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.

4. 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!

The following folks contributed to this post: @nao @patricia70 @adityakane

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