New Podcast

Posted Tuesday, July 22 at 9:09 am
Ronan Dowling (ronan), lead developer at Gorton Studios joins Ted and Mike to talk about all the new features in Backup and Migrate 3.0 including file and code backup and a improved plugin architecture. We also get up-to-speed with Drupal 8 development, review some Drupal-y statistics, make our picks of the week, and ask Ronan 5-ish questions.
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Drupal Community Mentor Application

It is one of the most beautiful compensations of life that no man can sincerely try to help another without helping himself.
~Ralph Waldo Emerson

The fourth edition of the Drupal Career Starter Program is about to get underway with fresh faces from Central Florida and we're looking to get them assimilated into the Drupal community from Day 1. Each of the students accepted into the program will be asked to spend at least 5 hours of their time per week involved with the community. To that end, we're looking for community mentors to help guide, assign tasks, and mentor each student with their community-related activities.

Through an open matching process (students will be privy to a portion of your responses), each community mentor will be matched up with one student. We're asking that each mentor commit to spend 2-3 hours/week working with their student. The majority of your work with the mentee will be via Email, IRC, and Skype, but in-person meetings (if geographically possible) are always welcome as well. 

The students will be very green at the beginning of the process, and will be introduced to all aspects of Drupal development over the 10 weeks of the program. We'd like each mentor to be part of the process of growing a Drupal professional.

We believe that a good mentor is patient and willing to let the student decide the path (most of the time). Don't worry if you're not a core contributor, a documention guru, or still learning Drupal yourself (aren't we all?) - if you've got a passion for Drupal that you want to share, then you're exactly what we're looking for.

After the application process is complete, we'll share portions of your application with the students, and work with the students to help them select an appropriate mentor. We'll make the initial email introduction, then allow each mentor/mentee pair to exchange contact information and set up a consistent communication schedule. If there's ever any questions/comments/concerns by either the mentor or mentee, we'll do our best to find a solution that works for everyone.

Interested in helping to grow your very own Drupal protegé? Just fill out the application below and we'll be in touch!

Please submit applications for the Winter, 2014 class by end-of-day, Friday, January 17, 2014. Applications submitted after this will be used a substitute mentors and kept on file for future DCSP classes.

About you

Sure, we could look it up based on your username, but this makes it easier for everyone.

We won't share this with anyone except your mentee. We promise.

We ask this to determine what the time difference would be between you and the student. All of our students will be in GMT-4/GMT-5 (depending on daylight savings time).

Themer? Code jockey? Project manager? Cat herder?

Experience

We don't care if it was in an informal or formal mentorship program - we just want to know if you've ever mentored anyone in any subject in any capacity previously.

Was it easier or more difficult than you expected? Did you spend more or less time mentoring than you anticipated?

Community

Con, camp, meetup, virtual event - if it was real-time, and you participated, then it counts.

We're talking about events camps, meetups, and code sprints where the primary activity is not social.

Patches and commits both count.

You and your plan

We ask this so that we can match up student and mentor interests as much as possible. Tell us a little about your community interests and we'll try to match you up with a mentee with similar (potential) interests.

We'll use this to help match you up with a student. For example, if you're not into coding, we'll match you up with a student who isn't interested in coding either.

We realize that everyone has busy schedules - we're mainly looking for consistency. During the first 5 weeks of the course, we expect students will be looking for some help understanding basic Drupal core concepts, learning to navigate Drupal.org, and looking to make their first community contribution. The second 5 weeks of the course students will be encouraged to "find their niche" - as their mentor, they'll be looking to you for additional guidance.

Is there anything else we should know about you? Are you active in other open-source communities (jQuery, github, etc...)? If not, no worries.