Many Dojos source mentors from businesses e.g. IT companies, in their local community. Some businesses may encourage their staff to get involved as part of their CSR program or other community initiatives. The letter below is aimed towards a professional audience and can be adapted accordingly.
Subject: Looking for mentors for our CoderDojo
I am in the process of establishing a free after-school coding club for young people in our community, as part of the CoderDojo movement.
CoderDojo is a global, volunteer-led movement that organises free computer clubs for young people aged 7–17, and there are more than 1600 clubs (Dojos) in countries all over the world. At a Dojo, young people explore technology and learn how to code in a fun, relaxed environment. CoderDojo gives young people confidence, new friends, and valuable skills for the future, and it can open up new avenues for children who might not otherwise have such learning opportunities. You can find out more at coderdojo.com.
In order to be successful, a Dojo needs mentors — adult volunteers, with or without technical skills — who provide support, guidance, and encouragement for young people to complete their projects and develop their skills. I hope you will share this message with your staff to offer them the opportunity to contribute to their community by becoming CoderDojo mentors.
Volunteering at our Dojo will give your staff the chance to improve their coding abilities, to help shape the new generation of digital creators, and to add CoderDojo mentoring to their skill set. We welcome mentors of all skill levels and backgrounds, and their practical experience and knowledge would be hugely beneficial to our young participants.
This is a great opportunity for [Company name] to not only participate in a global movement, but also to strengthen its ties with the local community. It will allow you to create positive connections with young people in your area — who are the problem solvers of the future — and to address the existing digital skills gap.
Find a video illustrating what mentoring at a Dojo is like at dojo.soy/letter-mentor-vid
Thank you in advance for helping young people in our community improve their confidence and creative skills while learning to build amazing things with technology. If you have any questions or wish to volunteer, please email us at [Dojo email address].
Champion, CoderDojo [Dojo name]