It is best practice for a Dojo to build a strong team of volunteers and mentors to support the champion in running the club. Each person involved brings a unique skill set to the Dojo and helps provide a rich learning environment for the Ninjas!
As the Dojo champion, you may have already sought mentors using some methods outlined in this help article, or by using this template letter. Alternatively, people may have contacted you to express an interest in getting involved as mentors, or they may have been recommended to you by someone. No matter how people have become involved, it is good practice for you to establish a standard recruitment and induction process for volunteers at your Dojo.
Getting to know new mentors
All Dojos are different, and their approaches to recruiting mentors vary accordingly. The most important thing is to help new mentors feel welcome and to value the time and skills they are offering! During recruitment, the champion might decide to ask for a CV, or request to view the individual’s LinkedIn profile. Some Dojo champions might ask for a character reference. For the champion, it is useful to know what type of skills or knowledge the new mentor possesses, and you can gain this information through an introductory email or an informal chat.
Safeguarding young people is of utmost importance in the CoderDojo community. Background checking for volunteers varies from country to country, but it is always best practice for all mentors and volunteers to undergo background checks as per their country’s regulations. Further guidelines can be found in this article.