WordPress Contributor Mentorship: 2024 Q1 Cohort Graduates

I am honored to announce that the Second Cohort (2024 Q1) of the WordPress Contributor Mentorship Program has concluded!

The cohort, which had 52 mentees supported by 28 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., kicked off on February 19, 2024, and went on for six weeks to formally wrap up on March 29. Out of this group, 44 mentees leveled up their WordPress contribution knowledge and made impactful contributions to the WordPress project.

Please join me in congratulating all our mentees who have graduated from the program!

Kudos to all our mentees for their fantastic contributions in the past six weeks: @acirujano @adarshposimyth @akmelias @alokstha1 @alxrz @ajithrn @andr3ribeiro @alexcu21 @atta98 @buenroger @diannagunn @drysand @eatpaintchic @elsatapia @fatematalks @flexseth @hectorjarquin @hellosatya @jagirbahesh @krishsundaram @krupajnanda @lighthouse79 @lumiblog @mainetenance @matteoenna @matumu @meilani @mujuonly @nonverbla @ohia @quentinldd @ratneshsonar @rcreators @ryoraspp @saqib59 @sandroschutt @sancastiza @shilpamanoj @spencerravago @swethabc9 @teresagobble @vishalmukadam @voboghure @vbaimas

The Mentorship Process

To quickly recap, the contributor mentorship program was envisioned by the WordPress Contributor Working group as a way to bolster the contributor experience of the project. The second cohort aims to build on the success of the pilot cohort to offer a more robust and comprehensive contribution experience to a group of committed and passionate mentees with the help of dedicated and driven mentors.

Our mentorship program took place in a dedicated 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/. channel in the Make/WordPress Slack for six weeks. For the first two weeks, our mentees were oriented to the program through kick-off session, got to know their mentors, set contribution goals, and learned about the WordPress project through learn-up sessions. On Weeks 3 and 4, our mentees started contributing to the teams of their choice, which continued through Weeks 5 and 6, when they wrapped-up by setting a 30-60-90 day goal and graduated from the program! Many mentees took part in projects where they worked in small groups to make collective contributions. Throughout the process, our mentees also got an inside view of the WordPress 6.5 release process and the WordPress project itself, as many mentees contributed to WordPress CoreCore Core is the set of software required to run WordPress. The Core Development Team builds WordPress. by joining the release parties.

Achievements from our Program

In six weeks, many of our mentees went out of the way to contribute to WordPress. Compared to our last cohort, we had many more contributions to WordPress, as our mentees not only onboarded to the project, but also spent a bulk of their time contributing. Here’s a (non-exhaustive) list of achievements from our cohort members:

  • 👩‍💻Scores of Core Contributions (issues and patches)
  • 🌎 WordPress 6.5 BetaBeta A pre-release of software that is given out to a large group of users to trial under real conditions. Beta versions have gone through alpha testing in-house and are generally fairly close in look, feel and function to the final product; however, design changes often occur as part of the process. and RCRelease Candidate A beta version of software with the potential to be a final product, which is ready to release unless significant bugs emerge. release posts translated to local languages.
  • 🌎 Thousands of strings translated to several languages
  • 🎓 Translated Learn WordPress lessons
  • 🇫🇷🇮🇹Translating WordPress documentation to local languages (Italian and French)
  • ✍️ Extensive contributions to the WordPress User and Developer Documentation
  • 💬 Running Team chats for multiple teams (Community, Training, Test)
  • 📜 Writing summaries for multiple team chats (Community, Training, Test)
  • 🎉 Active participation in WordPress 6.5 Beta, RC, dry-run, and main release parties.
  • ♻️ Contribution to the Sustainability Team documentation
  • 📺 Becoming a WordPress.tv moderator
  • 📝 Leading contributor dayContributor Day Contributor Days are standalone days, frequently held before or after WordCamps but they can also happen at any time. They are events where people get together to work on various areas of https://make.wordpress.org/ There are many teams that people can participate in, each with a different focus. https://2017.us.wordcamp.org/contributor-day/ https://make.wordpress.org/support/handbook/getting-started/getting-started-at-a-contributor-day/. tables at a WordCampWordCamp WordCamps are casual, locally-organized conferences covering everything related to WordPress. They're one of the places where the WordPress community comes together to teach one another what they’ve learned throughout the year and share the joy. Learn more.
  • ⛺️ Organizing a WordCamp
  • 📸 Contribute photos to the WordPress Photo Directory
  • 👔🤝 Individually advocating and helping their company join Five for the Future!
  • 🖥 Set up a local environment for WordCamp.org and started working on open issues for the WordCamp network.
  • 🎟 Contributed to the MetaMeta Meta is a term that refers to the inside workings of a group. For us, this is the team that works on internal WordPress sites like WordCamp Central and Make WordPress. Team by submitting Meta tickets. 
  • 🧑‍🎨 Several contributions to the Community Theme project (both existing and new themes).
  • 🛝 Contributions to the WordPress Playground Documentation
  • 📚 Updates to the CLICLI Command Line Interface. Terminal (Bash) in Mac, Command Prompt in Windows, or WP-CLI for WordPress. handbook
  • 🖨 Several contributions to GutenbergGutenberg The Gutenberg project is the new Editor Interface for WordPress. The editor improves the process and experience of creating new content, making writing rich content much simpler. It uses ‘blocks’ to add richness rather than shortcodes, custom HTML etc. https://wordpress.org/gutenberg/
  • 💪 Active participation in team processes such as publishing blog posts in Make/Test 
  • ⚡️Supporting WordPress event reactivation

Another highlight of this cohort was that six of our graduating mentees were supported by an LGBTQ+ empowerment grant.

Contributions to WordPress 6.5

The biggest win of the program remains to be its impact on WordPress 6.5. To summarize:

Big congratulations and many thanks to all contributors! 

Mentor contributors
WordPress Contributor Mentorship Program: Version 6.5 contributors from mentees.

Learning Materials from the Mentorship Program

For folks who are curious about the Mentorship Program, we are sharing some of the learning materials that our mentees used and were created during the program.

Learn WordPress Courses

Online Workshops on the Project

We are in the process of uploading mentorship program videos on WordPress.tv. All videos will be made available soon – we will update this post with links as soon as they are available! Until then, feel free to check out the raw recordings that are currently available in our shared Google Drive folder.

  • Introduction to the WordPress Open SourceOpen Source Open Source denotes software for which the original source code is made freely available and may be redistributed and modified. Open Source **must be** delivered via a licensing model, see GPL. Project (soon to be released on WordPress.tv)
  • 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/ Onboarding for WordPress Contributions (soon to be released on WordPress.tv)
  • Anne McCarthy: Introduction to the WordPress Release Process (soon to be released on WordPress.tv)
  • Make/Sustainability Team: A Quick Overview (soon to be released on WordPress.tv)
  • Support Team Onboarding (soon to be released on WordPress.tv)
  • Polyglots teamPolyglots Team Polyglots Team is a group of multilingual translators who work on translating plugins, themes, documentation, and front-facing marketing copy. https://make.wordpress.org/polyglots/teams/. Onboarding (soon to be released on WordPress.tv)
  • Polyglots Documentation Onboarding (soon to be released on WordPress.tv)
  • BuddyPress Overview (soon to be released on WordPress.tv)
  • Community Themes Project Onboarding (soon to be released on WordPress.tv)
  • Bengali Polyglots Onboarding (soon to be released on WordPress.tv)

Thank you!

This program was a true community effort, with WordPress Contributor Working Group members working hand-in-hand to make this pilot program a reality. We faced many challenges, but we all worked together to ensure a smooth contributor experience for our mentees. 

Mentors

As a heavily 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.-driven program, our mentors are the cornerstone behind the success of this cohort. Mentors went out of their way to support their paired mentees by helping them step up their contributions. I can safely attribute the success of our program to the exceptional support and commitment offered by our vibrant group of mentors.

WordPress Contributor Mentorship Program - Mentors

Major props and limitless gratitude to our all our amazing mentors: @adityakane @anandau14 @aravindajith @benjamin_zekavica @courane01 @devmuhib @dufresnesteven @estelaris @felipeelia @gounder @hasanuzzamanshamim @jdy68 @josepmoran @kafleg @mikeschroder @ndiego @nilovelez @ninianepress @oglekler @onemaggie @patricia70 @properlypurple @thehopemonger @tobifjellner @topher1kenobe @unintended8 @webtechpooja @yoga1103

Facilitators and Supporters

Members of the WordPress Contributor Working Group managed the entire program, with @harishanker @nao and @patricia70 leading the facilitation efforts. Big thanks to other members of the working group who helped shape the current state of the program through extensive discussions and active participation in our team chats: @adityakane @alexdeborba @alexcu21 @anandau14 @annezazu @askdesign @coachbirgit @devmuhib @gusa @javiercasares @jeffpaul @josepmoran @kafleg @kirasong @leogopal @lumiblog @malgra @matteoenna @nilovelez @ninianepress @peiraisotta @oglekler @onealtr @ratneshsonar @soberbanda @tobifjellner @topher1kenobe @unintended8 @sereedmedia @webtechpooja @yoga1103

Glimpses Into The Past Six Weeks

Our mentors and mentees did not miss any chance to connect with each other. We hung out with each other informal group calls and had a lot of fun! Some of us also met in-person a few times at WordCamp Asia and WordCamp Torrelodones!

What next?

Even though the mentorship program has formally concluded, our mentees’ WordPress contributor journey has only started. Many of our mentees have prepared 30-60-90 day plans and plan to active contribute to WordPress. Quite a few of our mentees have also expressed interest in participating in the WordPress 6.6 release process. We have a total of 19 participants from our program who would like to join the 6.6 release team so far, with 14 applications coming from mentees! Many mentees have formally ensconced their commitment to WordPress contributions by pledging to contribute through part of Five for the Future, with at least one mentee securing sponsorship from their employer to do so during the program! 

Going forward the success of our program depends on how engaged our mentees are. We are working on a post-event survey for our mentees and mentors, and the survey results will shed more light into how the program went. Working group members aim to check in with mentees later this year to see how they are doing with their contributor journey, to also find out more about their contribution journey and offer any support that they need.

Even as we celebrate the success of the contributor mentorship program, the Contributor Working Group still has miles to go. We will continue our monthly chats, and start working on the next iteration of the mentorship program alongside WordPress 6.7, in November.The working group also aims to start working on other tasks to improve the overall WordPress contributor experience, focusing on improving programs such as Five for the Future.

Join us for the next mentorship chat on April 18th in #community-team, if you would like to be a part of the working group and support us in making the WordPress contributor experience the best it can be!

Interested in being a part of the next cohort of the WordPress Contributor Mentorship Program as a mentor or mentee? Leave a comment on this blog post expressing your interest!

Reading about the program so far, what are your thoughts on this mentorship program? Do you have any thoughts, suggestions, feelings, ideas, or feedback for us? Please share your thoughts in the comments!

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