Call for WordCamp Mentors!

Last year 127 WordCamps took place all around the world! Thanks in large part to a rapidly growing WordPress meetupMeetup All local/regional gatherings that are officially a part of the WordPress world but are not WordCamps are organized through https://www.meetup.com/. A meetup is typically a chance for local WordPress users to get together and share new ideas and seek help from one another. Searching for ‘WordPress’ on meetup.com will help you find options in your area. program we’re on track for even more WordCamps in 2018.

As the program continues to grow we need to find new ways to give 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. organizers the support they need to make these events great. With that in mind we’re hoping to grow the number of community members supporting WordCamps by scaling up our WordCamp Mentorship program.

Are you an experienced WordCamp lead organizer or former lead organizer? Are you looking for a way to continue or further your support of folks in the WordPress community and help improve the WordCamp experience for organizers and attendees? Do you have 2-3 hours a month to share with WordCamp organizers?

If so we sure could use your help as a WordCamp mentor!

Requirements to be a mentor:

  • You’ve been the lead organizer of a WordCamp from application through completion of the event in the last 5 years.
  • You have 2-3 hours available per month per event you’re actively mentoring

Requirements of a mentor:

  • Meet bi-weekly with your assigned organizer to advise them, remind them about things organizers frequently forget, and to keep them on track in planning.
  • Be the organizing team’s connection to WordCamp CentralWordCamp Central Website for all WordCamp activities globally. https://central.wordcamp.org includes a list of upcoming and past camp with links to each..
  • Post about your mentorship check-ins on weekly Make/Community updates post.

If this all sounds like something you’re ready, willing, and able to take on then let’s get you started in three easy steps:

  1. Complete the mentor self-training (should take 30-60 minutes): https://community-self-training.mystagingwebsite.com/course/wordcamp-mentor-training/
  2. Fill out the Mentor Application contact form at the bottom of the WordCamp Mentorship handbook page: https://make.wordpress.org/community/handbook/community-deputy/wordcamp-program-basics/mentoring-wordcamps/
  3. We’ll reach out to you to let you know when the next mentor orientation calls are being held so you can sign up for the time that works best for you!

If you know someone who’d be a great WordCamp mentor please send them our way! Have any questions, please let us know in the comments.

#deputies, #mentorship

Outreachy Interns

I mentioned this a while ago when I signed us up, but our page for participating in Outreachy is officially up: https://codex.wordpress.org/Outreachy_2016

Since I, Josepha, Andrea, Rocío, Cami, Ian, and Konstantin will all be at our team meetupMeetup All local/regional gatherings that are officially a part of the WordPress world but are not WordCamps are organized through https://www.meetup.com/. A meetup is typically a chance for local WordPress users to get together and share new ideas and seek help from one another. Searching for ‘WordPress’ on meetup.com will help you find options in your area. this week, I put in the page that we won’t start our application Q&As until next week, so if anyone pops up on 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/. asking about it, you can remind them of that. We’ll post the chat times on the codex page later this week.

#diversity-programs, #internships, #mentorship, #outreachy

Team chat September 11 2014 Topic mentorship diversity…

Team chat, September 11, 2014
Topic: mentorship/diversity

Agenda:

  • GSoC update
  • check-in on mixer how-to that @liljimmi was working on
  • suggest topics in the comments

#diversity, #mentorship

Making Better Speakers

Remember when we made thousands of little potential project teams in the /events site? Some had volunteers, some got started but floundered after a bit, a few stayed dedicated right through today, and some never really kicked off because we were starting so many things at once?

I’ve been hitting a lot of WordCamps this summer, and it’s hit home that we dropped the ball on building resources and processes to help make better speakers. (The original post from last year. A year and a month. Ouch.) Let’s get that in gear! I talked to Terry Collins at WC Buffalo today about helping take point on this (she’s one of the WC Buffalo organizers and is involved with toastmasters etc.), so let’s get a new sound-off on who’d be psyched to work on this. If no one volunteers, I’ll just start emailing people who’ve gotten good feedback as speakers before to ask them to help get us started, but hopefully some of you experienced speakers are interested in sharing your knowledge. Let us know in the comments!

#mentorship, #speaker-training, #wordcamps

Summer Internships Kickoff

Most people probably saw the post over on wordpress.orgWordPress.org The community site where WordPress code is created and shared by the users. This is where you can download the source code for WordPress core, plugins and themes as well as the central location for community conversations and organization. https://wordpress.org//news that announced our summer interns via GSoC and OPW.

This summer’s WordPress GSoC/Gnome OPW interns span a number of contributor groups. Rather than create a standalone blog for all the students as we have in the past, this year we’ll be trying something different, as our community structure has changed since our last round. Each intern will post their detailed weekly updates on the team blog for the contributor group with which their project most naturally aligns, while posting about administrative things will happen here on the community team site.

Continue reading

#gsoc, #mentorship, #opw, #summer2013