Be a friend: not a parent or authority figure. Mentors are trusted guides helping young people make positive decisions, form their own values, and realize their potential.
Have realistic goals and expectations: Mentors understand that change doesn’t happen overnight and that setbacks occur. Mentors empower young people to reach the goals set in their YouthBuild Life Plans.
Have fun: Getting to know the young person is the primary goal of any mentoring relationship. Activities such as hanging out, grabbing a bite to eat, or playing basketball, help build the relationship.
Allow the mentee to have voice and choice in deciding on activities: Ask your mentee what he or she would like to do during your time together. This ensures that the young person will be interested and engaged in the activity.
Be positive: Offer encouragement and assistance. When times are tough, help the young person focus on the future. Celebrate successes large and small.
Let the mentee control the direction of conversations: Don’t push the mentee to tell you everything at once; allow him or her time to get to know you. Be sensitive and respectful and above all keep everything the mentee says to you confidential (unless the youth plans to hurt herself or someone else).
Listen: Sometimes the young person will need to vent about school, work, home, or friends. By listening more than talking you can learn a lot and build your relationship.
Respect the trust the mentee places in you: Don’t judge the mentee or provide unwanted advice. Reassure him that you will be there no matter what.
Remember that your relationship is with the young person: not his or her parent. The focus of the match is on the youth’s goals, not those of the family. At the same time, avoid passing judgment on the mentee’s family.
Remember that you are responsible for building the relationship: Take the initiative to keep in contact with your mentee.
We’ve just published a blog on how we plan to support DojoCons in the future.
In short, we in the CoderDojo Foundation team have decided to shift our support away from one single international DojoCon to focus on helping you run DojoCons as regional events for everyone in your local communities.
You can read more here.
As ever, if you have any questions just let me know here on via email
Hi all if you’re a CoderDojo community member interested in attending DojoCon (our international conference) but are on a tight budget, we have a 50% ticket discount code, so you can participate and take back your learnings to your Dojo!
Come to DojoCon for an amazing weekend and learn from edtech experts, Oscar-nominated animators, VR creators, and others in talks, workshops, and demonstrations — as well as making friends with other volunteers and the CoderDojo Foundation team!
You can book your discounted ticket now by entering the promotional code dojoconkk18
>>> here. <<<
Check out the Saturday program of talks, demos and workshops, which you can see full details on here:
Sorry Ben, quite late response, we’ve been fairly busy this week
My understanding is that you’re a dojo-admin, and you removed on of a parent’s child from your Dojo.
If that’s the case, then you lost the right to see this child, hence when viewing the parent’s profile it “crashes” when loading the parent’s children.
If the issue is a parent with a wrongly created child, we can take care of it until we give this capacity to parents
We recently discovered an issue in Zen related to Dojo invitations. Email addresses were accidentally being removed from invites, resulting in users not being able to accept them.
We have now fixed this issue, however we were not able to fix currently broken invites. If you have been having issues with users accepting invites, please try sending new invites again.
We apologise for the inconvenience. If you have any other issues or suggestions on how we can improve, please don’t hesitate to get in touch.
Thanks @Joe-Molloy for finding that out!
Hey all 👋
On Thursday the dates for Coolest Projects event in 2019 were announced with this awesome video! 🎥
You can check out the new look website for more details: coolestprojects.org 👈
I hope you like the new design💥, and I can’t wait to see all of you and the young people you support in Dojos taking part in the three events next year! 😄
Hi there to all! We’re (CoderDojo Nafpaktos) organizing a lab this Saturday called “Arduino + Processing = Digital Arts” to celebrate European CodeWeek. If you are interested you can join CodeWeek as a CoderDojo club in another country by using thew following code cw18-YphJt It will be our pleasure to join us. Have a nice CodeWeek and keep on coding!
Another great way of engaging older children and teens in your Dojo, particularly after a break is by giving them something to reach towards with their projects.
At the end of Dojo sessions or at the end of Dojo terms many Dojos encourage young people to showcase projects they have built. The Coolest Projects showcase has always been a great way to further build on this by encouraging kids to create a project within a timeline to share with other children involved in Dojos and the public.
We will be announcing the dates of the North America, UK and International event (in Ireland) on October 4th so watch out for that on the Coolest Projects challenges!
Astro Pi too is a great way Dojos can encourage young people to work in teams on a coding project with a clear timeline and targets.
Young people under 19 that live in an ESA Member or Associate Member State* (or who are in a team with a majority of ESA memeber state residents), can form a team with at least one other young person and apply to the Astro Pi Challenge’s Mission Space Lab by sending their experiment idea by the end of October.
Young people in your Dojo under 14 interested in taking part in a simpler project (while still getting to have their code run in space) can enter Mission Zero. They can submit their program from 29 October 2018 onward.
Find out more about the two Asto Pi Missions here.
Finally as today is International Translation Day, we wanted to say a big thank you to all those from the CoderDojo Community who give their time to help give young people the opportunity to learn coding by translating resources into their own language. Nina our translations manager with the Raspberry Pi Foundation wrote this blog to thank all those who have helped translate resources.
If you want to help support young people by volunteering your translation skills you can learn more and get involved here.
Sweet, thanks for confirming
@Elaine-Maul And I clearly can’t spell ‘Downloading’ and can’t immediately see how I can correct that!!!
Thanks everybody, there are a lot of useful suggestions in your replies. I bet I’ll be back again asking for guidance because this project will last all this year.
THE problem is that the expectation on this group is too high and we can’t meet regularly. I’ll do the best I can to support my girls because at the moment my first concern is that they don’t lose confidence. It has to be more fun than doing homework.
I’ve set a google classroom to share examples and exercises. Do you know other ways to keep in touch? Emails are too messy.
Hi @Anders-Lindén We have this minecraft content but given that the ebooks included here were developed in 2013 I am sure there is much more room for development. Particularly of more learning resources that could be completed within a Dojo session or a few sessions.
I haven’t heard about other Dojos creating Minecraft content, though I know many Dojos use Minecraft as a way to engage young people in coding and encourage their learning.
It would be great when you develop some Minecraft content to share it here on the forums so people can try it out in their Dojos and give feedback. I am sure our content lead @Philip-Harney would be interested in seeing what you create too!
@Remon-Van-Gijn Thanks Remon. It’s thanks to the Communities feedback, including yours, that it was built, so I’m delighted that you like it! If you’ve any ideas for improvements we’re always open to hearing more about what can make the platform even more useful for those involved in Dojos.
Hey Mark, we’ve tested the new flow with parents and it seems to be quite easy as it’s one flow now. I realise previously you had to explain adding kids etc. but now it’s a lot more straightforward. If there’s anything else we can do to simplify it please do say so!
@Tom-Potts I suppose, technically, me 😄 but, as @KramKroc pointed out, I’ve just moved it about a bit.
Also, for now, you can still find the old site at http://kata.coderdojo.com, we’ve just removed the direct path to it because we’re only going to be publishing our new and updated materials on the new site.
Once the GitHub is properly setup (in the next few weeks) we’ll be adding a link to the resources page to point people there too.
@Tom-Potts Hi Tom!
Apologies for the late reply - did you manage to source another venue for your Dojo?
As long as the venue is a public space (e.g. a library, community centre, educational institution, corporate office etc) that is absolutely fine
Ideally your venue would also have public liability insurance and would be equipped with tables, chairs, power sockets and a wifi connection if possible.
Let me know how you are getting on with this
@KramKroc Hi Mark,
It’s fantastic that your Dojo parents are eager to help out, particularly if they are keen to research grant possibilities! Parents have tons of skills and useful contacts, which often doesn’t get utilised at a typical Dojo, so it’s great that they are on-board
The CoderDojo Foundation is the headquarters for the CoderDojo movement and we are in turn partnered with the Raspberry Pi Foundation. Every Dojo operates as an autonomous self-led body with slightly different ways of doing things, but ultimately all verified Dojos are united in that they have all signed the CoderDojo Charter and have agreed to adopt the CoderDojo ethos and approach.
I hope that makes sense! Happy to clarify further if needs be
Hi @KramKroc, thanks for taking a look! Over the next few weeks we’ll be moving all the existing community content from Kata to the GitHub repository and once the structure of that is in place we’ll be encouraging people to submit their own content there.
While we don’t have a direct pathway for community members to add content to the new site at present, it’s something I’m actively working on. We want it to be a solution that works for everyone, so we’ll be following a process with reviews at regular intervals, to ensure we’re making the best choices for everyone in the community. As this means there’ll likely be a lot of changes early on, we’re going to start things off by working closely with a small number of community members and grow things from there.
If you have a project you’d like to publish on the platform, please email me (email@example.com) with the details. It’s useful, particularly at this planning stage, to see different examples of the kinds of work our community wants to share.
Thanks again for taking the time to share your input!
Hey Guillaume, Can you also help me delete one of our event titled “weekly dojo”. We are moving to giving tickets each week through separate events. All participants are informed but I am not able to get that change made on the website.
You do not have to show them documented proof. But it makes sense to drop in to credit union, ask about a suitable account for a club and the prerequesites will normally be spelled out in the application form.
Looks like your connection to CoderDojo Forum was lost, please wait while we try to reconnect.