It is important for champions to gather a team of volunteers for their Dojo, particularly volunteers who can act as mentors and who can share their tech knowledge with the Ninjas. We normally recommend a ratio of one mentor to ten youths, however, this is dependant on the style you wish to adopt in your Dojo. Having a team of mentors helps to share the workload and ensures that there is a mix of skills and knowledge within each Dojo. Please see our article on Finding Mentors and Volunteers for more information on how to source people in your community who may wish to become involved in their local Dojo.
Once you have a person or a group of people in mind, you may like to give them the template letter shown below. It includes a basic introduction to the CoderDojo movement and outlines how the recipient can get involved in mentoring at your Dojo. The letter is mainly aimed towards university students and tech professionals, but can be addressed to whichever group you feel is suitable. You may also edit the letter as you see fit.
Subject: Become a mentor at CoderDojo
Hi [Recipient name],
[Champion name] here, I have recently started a new coding club (Dojo) for young people in our community, as part of the CoderDojo movement.
What is CoderDojo?
How to get involved
We want to bring coding education to more young people locally. To become involved, you can volunteer as a mentor at our new Dojo [link to Dojo homepage]. We would love for you to share your knowledge with our Ninjas, no matter what your background and skill level! Kids usually begin by making simple games with Scratch and progress to making websites with HTML, and there is plenty of room for creativity and new and exciting projects.
This video details the aspects of mentoring at CoderDojo: dojo.soy/letter-mentor-vid
If you would like to become a mentor at our Dojo, contact us at [Dojo email address].
Please note: It is best practice that all CoderDojo volunteers and Mentors undergo a vetting background check. This can be done via the Dojo’s local volunteer centre. More information can be found here: kata.coderdojo.com/wiki/Child_Protection_and_Background_Checking