If you’ve been approved as a WordCamp organizer…

If you’ve been approved as 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. organizer, and haven’t already been assigned a mentor or contacted us about a mentor, please send a request to support@wordcamp.org with the following information so that we can process your request in a timely manner:

  • Subject: [WordCamp YOURWORDCAMPNAME 2016] WordCamp Mentorship Request
  • Your Name
  • WordCamp Location
  • Month/Year of your WordCamp event
  • Number of years organizing
  • Previous mentor (if applicable)

We have a limited number of Mentors available around the world. Currently that list consists of the following people: @digisavvy, @dimensionmedia, @kcristiano, @savione, @00sleepy, @miss_jwo, @adityakane, @dustyf, @hlashbrooke, @judiknight, @karenalma, @nofearinc, @mayukojpn, and @davidlaietta.

With as many WordCamps as we have, many of the folks listed above are already mentoring two or more camps already. Needless to say, we need more help. If you’re willing to help out with WordCamp mentoring, have experience being the lead organizer for a WordCamp, and most importantly have the time to help, please leave a comment below so that we can talk to you about what’s involved.

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New Meetup Organizers Hangout

We’re going to have a hangout Wednesday October 15 at 11am Eastern/3pm UTC for new 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. organizers as well as anyone who might be interested in more information about organizing a WordPress meetup in your area. If you’re interested in attending, leave a comment on this post so we can try and make plans for how many folks will be attending.

Hangout link: https://plus.google.com/hangouts/_/gsys7cae6basvmyuftiwwejhgma

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WordCamp New Organizer Mentorship Program: Weeks 3 & 4 Update

Over the past 2 weeks we’ve made some awesome progress. Knowing that this program will be greatly organic, we’ll have numerous additions to existing systems vs. a bunch of new systems that may not ever get maintained.

By the way, here’s who’s in my rockin’ group:
Andrew Christian
Jeffrey Zinn
Ben Lobaugh
Dre Armeda

We noted that the main target of our program is a person that’s new to organizing events but already love WordPress. This fits the majority of new organizers.

Andrea joined our call and provided some guidance during week 3. She approved making some additions to the new organizer application form, which would include some prompts for the new organizer to seek out their mentor, and also to see if the new organizer will be one that may also become a mentor in the future. She’s also going to include some new questions and prompts during her first chat with a new organizer, making sure they know where to find a mentor.

We also discussed having a P2P2 P2 or O2 is the term people use to refer to the Make WordPress blog. It can be found at https://make.wordpress.org/. set up for each 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. to provide a venue to officially communicate with one another and let the team or other organizers and mentors chime in. This could also house the cheat sheets per location (venue info, t-shirt vendors, sticker vendors, catering, maps, hotels, etc.).

Andrea created a P2 for WordCamp mentors already. We will share more about this and how it can be used in the future (we don’t have it quite flushed out yet, but know if will be really cool, fun, and useful).

In week 4 we started to put together the mentor guidelines, which include things like:

  • mentors must have organized at least 1 WordCamp before
  • 1-3 hours per week will be dedicated to supporting your mentee
  • willing to be rated by the mentee and to rate their mentee after the WordCamp
  • show the mentee where the top resources for planning reside
  • respecting that it’s the organizer’s camp, not the mentor’s
  • more coming…

And some mentee guidelines too, like:

  • make time to get some advice
  • still have your own ideas
  • and more…

We’re creating a bunch of docs like:

  • Organizer exit interview (will you be a mentor? how did your mentor do?)
  • Mentor application (Will Andrea review this? We’ll have to make sure this is ok with her.)
  • Mentor rating poll
  • Mentee rating poll

In the near future we’ll begin curating the list of resources for new organizers, so that mentors can share this with their mentees.

All for now – thanks for listening 🙂

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WordCamp New Organizer Mentorship Program Update 1/3/13

Our group met for the second time this past week and made some great progress.

We have added several action items to our plan, including putting together some resources for new organizers that mentors can share with them, making some modifications to the organizer application (to prompt a new organizer to seek out an appropriate mentor), and implementing an outgoing organizer interview, to ensure a succession plan is established and the incoming organizer isn’t starting from scratch.

We’ve posted an Idea Board to our shared doc folder and will continue to post more ideas like this as our conversations continue. These ideas are helping to form the outline of the entire program when coupled with what we know of other successful programs out there.

Our next meeting is this Thursday, January 10, 2013 and we are going to be creating that outline for our program and divvying our action items and ideas into that outline.

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WordCamp New Organizer Mentorship Program Update 1/1/13

Happy New Year everyone!

Our group first met on 12/14/12. We established our ongoing meeting date/time, roles, methods of communication, and overall initiative timing.

We all agreed that there are already some great mentorship program resources available to us, including but not limited to:

Since none of us have been part of a formal mentorship program like this before, we’ll be relying on these experienced resources to help guide our program development. Luckily, we’ve all been organizers for large WordCamps and have all informally mentored other new organizers, so we have that experience to pull from.

Our group has two main objectives:

  1. Setting up the new organizer mentorship program itself, including establishing the system to match mentors with mentees.
  2. Pulling together resources, rules, and expectations for the mentors in the program.

We did make a note to consider international issues with respect to 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. organization, since the “WordCamp” concept isn’t as familiar in some areas of the world as the US. Our program will ensure inclusion of input from international organizers and special attention to their specific issues.

We have been on hiatus for the holiday season but will reconvene on Thursday, January 4.

If you have input for our group feel free to comment here and we’ll add it to our discussion list. Thanks!

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The Second Round of Subcommittees

OK, next round of subcommittees! Again, if youre added to a group that, in retrospect, you’d rather not take part in, just comment on this post so we can make changes. Once the groups are settled, I’ll ask each group to appoint/elect a notetaker to act as a point of contact and be responsible for posting weekly updates.

The first order of business will be to make a plan, set a project schedule, and assign roles/tasks. Your group might want to meet weekly or a couple times a week to brainstorm or discuss your progress. You can do this via IRC, Skype, Google hangout, or whatever works best for everyone. Once a week, your group will be asked to post an update here on your progress. If a group fails to post two weeks in a row, I’ll reach out and see how I can help the group get back on track.

New Organizer Mentorship Program

Heather Acton
Dre Armeda
Andrew Christian
Ben Lobaugh
Jeffrey Zinn

Review WordCamp Guidelines

Karen Alma
Dustin Filippini
Aaron Hockley
Tony Perez
Dee Teal

WordCamp Base Theme Page Templates

Brandon Dove
Erick Hitter
Chelsea Otakan
Morten Rand-Herickson
Brad Williams

I’ll email each group so you’ll know how to reach each other. Please include your roadmap and assigned roles/tasks as your first weekly update. Each following update should highlight what has happened in the past week — what progress has been made, what challenges have been faced, if there are new or departing contributors — as well as what’s planned for the week ahead. You can see an example of a weekly update here.

Let’s do great things together! 🙂

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New organizer mentorship program

Description: Organizing that first event is so much work! Sleep is lost, mistakes are made, money is wasted, and awesome is reduced. Wouldn’t it be amazing if every new 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. organizer was paired up with an experienced organizer who could act as a resource and guide?

Length of Project: Phase 1 (2-4 weeks): Recruit an international pool of willing mentors and define the mentor’s role. Phase 2 (ongoing): as new organizers are approved, assign each a mentor.

Experience Required: Immersion in the WordCamp community and experience running successful WordCamps within the current guidelines. Excellent communication skills.

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