I realized it might be helpful to highlight a few reasons why I joined specific teams I have mentored.
3553 - @staplemonxx was posting crazy ideas on Chief Delphi for their rookie robot. It seemed really ambitious for a rookie in a incredible low resource area of Philly. JJ seemed to be a mentor who “got it” so I messaged him in the middle of the season as a freshman in college to help out. This was a team I could take a bus to.
3929 - JJ and some of our friends (all FRC alumni mentors) started this team. We had a bond from 3553 and honestly I loved to just hang out with them. The teachers involved were incredible and super supportive. We raised a ton of money, and had a great team structure. JJ was nuts and did a lot to gain the team resources. It was a short walk from my dorm building.
2495 - I had played with this team in the past and it showed a lot of potential. Brandon Liatys was posting cool things to CD and Facebook and we started chatting about his team’s issues and how they could improve. When I was able, I remote mentored them purely because Brandon asked for help and because we were friends.
228 - I moved to CT and Chris Picone was on the team. The Dutras were also there and I had become friends with them via VEX World’s.
2170 - they were closer to my apartment and I convinced @AcesJames to join with me. It was a dope time with friends
5686 - another chance for me to lead mentor and be paid for it. I also wanted to lead an all girls team as this was important to me. Downside - 40 minute drive after work, and 40 minutes home after.
177 - awesome friends on the team, great team culture, amazing parent support network. Alumni mentors who love their team and have a strong history. 7 minutes from my new apartment which helps when you have a new job which requires continues education, and your SO also mentors with you while she is planning to attend grad school.
To me these all have a few themes:
- positive public presence of the team (either on CD, or the mentors try to make friends with other mentors)
- welcoming attitude
- good team structure
- the desire to improve
- open to criticism
- desire to win
- awesome mentors and parents who are fun to hang out with OUTSIDE of robotics
- ask specific mentors in your area to join
Do these things and you will attract mentors.