Building your team
Recruiting mentorsMentors do not need technical skills, as they can make use of educational content (coming up in a few pages!) to choose topics for the Dojo and to develop their own skills. However, it is helpful to have at least one technically skilled mentor at your Dojo.
Where to find mentorsYou can find potential mentors in a number of places in your local community, such as:
- Business centres
- Community centres
- Offices of technology companies
- Public libraries
- Secondary or high schools
- Universities and colleges
- Youth service organisations
- Local media outlets
Why be a mentor at a Dojo?
This is an additional video, hosted on YouTube.
- A flyer you can print out and give to prospective recruits
- A number of email templates you can use to approach organisations where you might find Mentors
- A set of designed images you can use to promote your Dojo
- Share the video above, which is available on YouTube
Recruiting parents as volunteersParents, guardians, or other adults associated with your Dojo’s Ninjas represent an excellent source of prospective volunteers. If your Dojo follows the common practice of encouraging or even requiring parents or guardians of Ninjas to stay at the Dojo, then you’re already halfway there! It’s quite likely that these adults have some skills that could be of use at a Dojo, even if they don’t know it. If they have technical skills, that’s excellent, but a lot of other skills can be useful at a Dojo too! You may like to direct parents and guardians at your Dojo towards our Parents’ Handbook, which is a great introduction to the world of CoderDojo that’s tailored to their needs and outlines how they can get involved.
“For anyone who’d like to mentor but doesn’t think they’re technically skilled enough: don’t worry, a mentor’s role is not to know everything, but to guide the kids. Remember, Professor Google will have most answers.”
Niambh Scullion, mentor, Dublin, Ireland
Buddying up volunteers
“As a new mentor, it was great to be partnered with another mentor. I thought it was inspiring and a great boost in confidence for the occasional Dojo where I felt a bit unprepared. It works much better in my opinion to have two or more mentors in a session. If you can arrange that, all the better!”
Steve O’Connor, mentor, Wexford, Ireland
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