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A mentoring program?

Ben C.
Lafayette, IN
Post #: 2
It was suggested that one thing GLOSSY can do is mentor people who are interested in F/OSS but don't know how to get started in the community. I put together a probably-too-formal draft of what this might look like. I'd appreciate comments.

=GLOSSY Mentoring Program=


The purpose of the GLOSSY Mentoring Program is to make the community more inviting to new participants and to encourage the growth of all members. Mentoring relationships are expected to be holistic and not focused on a specific project or technology.


===Mentor Coordinator===

The Mentor Coordinator serves as a matchmaker between Mentors and Mentees. (S)he performs matches based on skills, interests, and goals. The Mentor Coordinator mediates issues between Mentors and Mentees and provides a mechanism for mutual feedback. The Mentor Coordinator is frequently active in GLOSSY to aid in knowing the Mentors and welcoming new Mentees.


Mentors are experienced contributors to free/libre and open source ("FLOSS") projects who are willing to serve as a coach and provide guidance to less-experienced members. Mentors are preferably frequently active in GLOSSY so that they can best find resources for specific technical questions.


Mentees are members of the GLOSSY community who are looking for active guidance in professional or community growth. Mentees may be new to GLOSSY or more experienced members looking for continued growth. Mentees may also serve as mentors to less-experienced members.

==The Mentoring Relationship==


Mentors and Mentees individually contact the Mentor Coordinator with their desire to enter a mentoring relationship. The Mentor Coordinator will match Mentors and Mentees based on the best possible compatibility of skills, interests, and goals. If no suitable match can be found, the Mentor Coordinator will attempt matching as new Mentors and Mentees arrive.


Each mentoring relationship is unique, and it is up to the participants in that relationship to define the specifics of how it will work. Mutual agreement to a Mentoring Contract is recommended, but not required. At a minimum, it is suggested that the Mentor and Mentee meet at least once per month, with email, phone, instant messager, or other form of communication more frequently.


The Mentor is responsible for ensuring that the Mentee participates in accordance with the Mentoring Contract. The Mentor finds the technical resources needed by the Mentee, and provides guidance and counseling for participation in FLOSS projects and in career advancement, where appropriate. The Mentor maintains confidentiality of the communications with the Mentee. The Mentor provides honest and constructive advice.


The Mentee is responsible for ensuring that the Mentor participates in according with the Mentoring Contract. The Mentee brings up technical and growth issues to the Mentor and keeps the Mentor apprised of goals and aspirations. The Mentee communicates honestly with the Mentor, but is under no obligation to speak on personal matters.


The mentoring relationship may be terminated at any time by mutual agreement. Unilateral desire to terminate the mentoring relationship should be first discussed with the Mentor Coordinator.

==GLOSSY Anti-harassment Policy==
GLOSSY is strongly opposed to all forms of harassment and discrimination on any basis. Participants in a mentoring relationship who violate the GLOSSY Anti-Harassment Policy will be withdrawn from the Mentoring Program.
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