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    Kiwibiker Mentor Programme launch

    The Revamped Mentor Programme


    I'm very pleased to (finally) announce the launch of the revamped Kiwibiker Mentors Programme.

    As most people will know the original programme (put together and maintained for the majority of the time by Quasievil) was getting unwieldly and there were major concerns that the structure was no longer suitable or able to handle the numbers. So once Quasi also voiced these concerns, it was decided to dismantle the original Mentor scheme and rebuild it to address these concerns. The discussion and rebuilding of the programme has taken a long time, however, everyone involved in formulating the new scheme agrees that it is something to be proud of.

    The group involved in remodelling the programme numbers 23 people all up. In that group we have a mix of extremely experienced motorcyclists, very new and inexperienced motorcyclists, people from motorcycle training, some long time racers and more. A varied group of individuals that all brought valuable knowledge, experience and opinions to the process. This group has done a fantastic job and the effort put in by those members is greatly appreciated and is reflected in just how good the programme is.

    So, onwards.
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    Kiwibiker Mentor Programme launch

    The Kiwibiker Mentors Programme

    Purpose:
    To have a robust system that matches young and/or inexperienced riders with experienced riders who are able and willing to pass on their skills. To address concerns regarding liability of this site and it's members/participants in the Mentor scheme. To establish the requirements for, and to appoint people wishing to be Mentors. To establish an appropriate structure to monitor the consistancy and quality of both the Mentors and experience being provided to people being mentored.

    Original Concerns:
    The original concerns were: liability and people with less than a years experience mentoring others.

    There isn't any Liability of the Mentors and Kiwibiker provided we do not take any consideration, i.e. payment of any kind, for the service and also that we do not make any promises of training or enter into any sort of contractual arrangement. For these reasons we will never offer training and this is why the whole programme is geared towards encouraging, mentoring and advicing only.

    The relative inexperience of some who were offering to be Mentors is addressed below in the requirements for Kiwibiker Mentors.

    Structure:
    Site Administrators -> 2x Mentor Administrators -> 5x Senior Mentors (as needed) -> Mentors (as needed) -> People being Mentored

    The structure for the most part will be invisible to the majority of people as it is designed to be mostly administrative. The public face of the Mentor programme are the Mentors themselves. The only time people will have any reason to deal with the administrative parts of the structure are:
    as part of the process to be a Mentor
    complaints/concerns
    requests for a Mentor

    Roles:
    Site Admins: nothing happens on Kiwibiker without both of the admins involvement which is why they're part of the structure

    Mentor Admins: the administrators are responsibile for the majority of checking out new candidates, overseeing the entire programme, ensuring consistancy across regions, passing on requests for Mentors to appropriate Senior Mentor, distributing information to each region, dealing with complaints/concerns and general enquiries

    Senior Mentors: They're Mentors with the added responsibility of overseeing the group of Mentors (up to 10) assigned to them. They are also responsibile for assigning Mentors to people that have requested one.

    Mentors: Best outlined by the quote below that gets sent out to each person who is nominated to be a Mentor.

    Mentors are just that, Mentors. They're not riding trainers, religious leaders, MotoGP gods or the best thing since sliced bread. They're just people with lots of experience at riding motorbikes. Whether it's on the road, race track, motorcross, trials etc, they've seen many and varied situations and know how to handle them. They've learnt lessons, sometimes the hard way, and they're willing to pass on their knowledge and experience to others.

    The Mentors role is primarily to advise and encourage people in a 1 to 1 relationship. There will not ever be any Official KB Mentor Group Rides. This is primarily because the person being Mentored deserves the Mentors full attention and that can't happen in a 1 to many situation. There's nothing stopping the 2 of them from going on a group ride, but just remember that the Mentor is helping 1 person and that's all. Group riding can be fun and you can also learn a lot so there's no reason not to go on group rides unless the group is a bunch of speed freaks having a race to the end point or other dangerous behaviour.

    Because Mentoring is about advising and encouraging there won't be any sort of official training schedule, curriculum or sessions. Doing figure 8's or a few simple cone exercises is all that should be attempted. Anything more advanced falls into the area of training and that is simply not what kiwibiker is offering.

    Unless the Mentor is specifically advising on stunt riding, or racing on track, or any other specific situation, the Mentors main aim is to advice and encourage the rider into safe habits (as a minimum standard) and to enjoy themselves.

    So, basically, the role of a Mentor is:
    • to advise and encourage
    • to pass on their vast amounts of knowledge and experience
    • to keep an eye on the people being Mentored


    What a Mentor isn't:
    • a riding trainer
    • an idiot or unsafe rider
    • part of an insidious plot to take over the world


    As for how Mentors achieve these goals, that's up to each individual Mentor. There is no prescribed syllabus, or laid out processes, or guidelines as to what and how people should be shown and told. The Mentors are chosen by their experience, knowledge, skills and abilities, not because of how well they stick to a script and tow the line. All that is asked is Mentors don't imply or promise that there is any training.
    Requirements to become a Mentor:
    The requirements for people wanting to be a Kiwibiker Mentor are tough. The reason for this is that everyone involved in remodelling the programme were adamant that lots of experience in a wide range of conditions and situations is needed. This sort of experience really only comes from years of riding (although there are some exceptional circumstances, such as those who are heavily involved in rider training organisations early in their riding career, or those who knock up an astronomical number of riding k's in a relatively short period i.e. 100,000k's in less than 18 months)

    Senior Mentor Requirements
    • Must meet the requirements for being a Mentor.
    • Able to perform the Administrative duties for a Senior Mentor.
    • Ability to act as a Team Leader as they will be in charge of groups of Mentors.
    • Appointment of Senior Mentors is at the sole discretion of the Administrators and does not require any consultation. A person may be rejected by the Administrators for any or no reason.


    Mentor Requiements
    • Requirements are in 2 parts: Not Negiotiable and Desirable.
    • Appointment of Mentors requires backing of a Senior Mentor (they recommend a person to be a Mentor) and agreement of Administrators. A person may be rejected by the Administrators for any or no reason.
    • Requirements start at 10 years experience and come down. The more Desirable qualities a person has, the lower the time requirement gets. Dropping to minimum 7 years required is relatively easy. Dropping to minimum 5 years experience is very hard. Nobody goes below 5 years experience unless they are qualified Riding Instructors, multiple New Zealand title holders or other exceptional circumstances (Administrators discretion).


    Not Negotiable
    • Good Attitude to riding and mentoring
    • Relevant Experience
    • Good Communication and People Skills
    • Two referees (preferably at least 1 of which is well known on KB)


    Desirable - contributes to lowering the riding experience requirement of 10 years (more of these = lower number of years required)
    • Competency in many areas
    • Teaching ability
    • Length of time as a member on KB (ie well known)
    • Post count on KB (ie contributes to actually motorcycling parts of the site)
    • Different types of riding done
    • Good reputation
    • Trustworthy
    • Responsible
    • Pretty much anything that is good in a Mentor


    Process
    1. Contact the Mentors Group with the name of the person being nominated (people are welcome to put themselves forward). Two (2) references MUST be included. The referees would ideally be on kiwibiker but don't need to be (include a contact email or something for them). They really only need to be able to truthfully vouch for the nominated person, ie he/she has been riding the required amount of time, isn't an idiot, has some teaching ability etc
    2. Administrators check them out and chat to their referees
    3. Notice is posted in forums for 2-3 weeks during which time anyone can voice their objections (either publicly or via pm)
    4. Administrators appoint or reject


    Mentor Requirements For Specialist Areas - Racing, Motocross, Stunting, Trials etc
    • Must meet the requirements for being a Mentor. Process is that for the Mentors.
    • Must have at least 1 years experience in the Specialist Area they wish to mentor in, ie racing, motocross, trials, etc.


    How to become a Mentor:
    The process is detailed above. To contact the Mentors group a couple of links will be put up when the vbulletin mod for the Mentors is completed and tested. For now, just make sure
    [list][*]the person you want to nominate to be a Mentor actually wants to be a Mentor[*]get 2 decent referees

    Regions
    If you go to UserCP -> Edit Your Details -> Additional Information -> Region in NZ you are able to set the area you're in.

    Here's the list of regions that the country has been split:
    • Upper North Island = Northland, Auckland
    • Central North Island = Waikato, Bay of Plenty, Gisborne, Hawkes Bay
    • Lower North Island = Taranaki, Wanganui, Manawatu, Wairarapa, Wellington
    • Upper South Island = Nelson Bays, Marlborough, West Coast, Canterbury
    • Lower South Island = Timaru, Otago, Southland


    Northland - Dargaville
    Northland - Kaikohe
    Northland - Kaitaia
    Northland - Kawakawa
    Northland - Kerikeri
    Northland - Maungaturoto
    Northland - Paihia
    Northland - Whangarei
    Auckland - Auckland City
    Auckland - Franklin
    Auckland - Great Barrier Island
    Auckland - Helensville
    Auckland - Hibiscus Coast
    Auckland - Manukau City
    Auckland - North Shore
    Auckland - Papakura City
    Auckland - Waiheke Island
    Auckland - Waitakere City
    Auckland - Warkworth
    Waikato - Cambridge
    Waikato - Coromandel
    Waikato - Hamilton
    Waikato - Huntly
    Waikato - Matamata
    Waikato - Morrinsville
    Waikato - Otorohanga
    Waikato - Paeroa
    Waikato - Taumarunui
    Waikato - Te Awamutu
    Waikato - Te Kuiti
    Waikato - Thames
    Waikato - Tokoroa/Putaruru
    Waikato - Waihi
    Waikato - Whangamata
    Bay of Plenty - Katikati
    Bay of Plenty - Opotiki
    Bay of Plenty - Rotorua
    Bay of Plenty - Taupo
    Bay of Plenty - Tauranga
    Bay of Plenty - Te Puke
    Bay of Plenty - Turangi
    Bay of Plenty - Whakatane
    Gisborne - Gisborne
    Gisborne - Ruatoria
    Hawkes Bay - Dannevirke
    Hawkes Bay - Hastings
    Hawkes Bay - Napier
    Hawkes Bay - Wairoa
    Taranaki - Hawera
    Taranaki - Mokau
    Taranaki - New Plymouth
    Taranaki - Opunake
    Taranaki - Stratford
    Wanganui - Ohakune
    Wanganui - Taihape
    Wanganui - Waiouru
    Wanganui - Wanganui
    Manawatu - Bulls
    Manawatu - Levin
    Manawatu - Manawatu
    Manawatu - Marton
    Manawatu - Palmerston North
    Wairarapa - Carterton
    Wairarapa - Featherston
    Wairarapa - Greytown
    Wairarapa - Martinborough
    Wairarapa - Masterton
    Wairarapa - Pahiatua
    Wairarapa - Woodville
    Wellington - Kapiti
    Wellington - Lower Hutt City
    Wellington - Porirua
    Wellington - Upper Hutt City
    Wellington - Wellington City
    Nelson Bays - Golden Bay
    Nelson Bays - Motueka
    Nelson Bays - Murchison
    Nelson Bays - Nelson
    Nelson Bays - Picton
    Marlborough - Blenheim
    Marlborough - Marlborough Sounds
    West Coast - Greymouth
    West Coast - Hokitika
    West Coast - Westport
    Canterbury - Akaroa
    Canterbury - Amberley
    Canterbury - Ashburton
    Canterbury - Cheviot
    Canterbury - Christchurch City
    Canterbury - Darfield
    Canterbury - Fairlie
    Canterbury - Geraldine
    Canterbury - Hanmer Springs
    Canterbury - Kaikoura
    Canterbury - Mt Cook
    Canterbury - Rangiora
    Timaru - Oamaru - Kurow
    Timaru - Oamaru - Oamaru
    Timaru - Oamaru - Timaru
    Timaru - Oamaru - Twizel
    Timaru - Oamaru - Waimate
    Otago - Alexandra
    Otago - Balclutha
    Otago - Cromwell
    Otago - Dunedin
    Otago - Lawrence
    Otago - Milton
    Otago - Palmerston
    Otago - Queenstown
    Otago - Ranfurly
    Otago - Roxburgh
    Otago - Wanaka
    Southland - Bluff
    Southland - Edendale
    Southland - Gore
    Southland - Invercargill
    Southland - Lumsden
    Southland - Otautau
    Southland - Riverton
    Southland - Stewart Island
    Southland - Te Anau
    Southland - Tokanui
    Southland - Winton
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    Artificial intelligence is no match for natural stupidity

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    For those that didn't read the whole thing:

    How to become a Kiwibiker Mentor - to follow in a few days. For now just read the requirements above and sort out a couple of referees.
    Zen wisdom: No matter what happens, somebody will find a way to take it too seriously. - obviously had KB in mind when he came up with that gem

    Artificial intelligence is no match for natural stupidity

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    Quote Originally Posted by busa pete View Post
    Ok mental pants can i have the shortened version of all that as i would like to nominate someone for mentors postion.
    How to become a Mentor:

    Process
    Contact the Mentors Group with the name of the person being nominated (people are welcome to put themselves forward). Two (2) references MUST be included. The referees would ideally be on kiwibiker but don't need to be (include a contact email or something for them). They really only need to be able to truthfully vouch for the nominated person, ie he/she has been riding the required amount of time, isn't an idiot, has some teaching ability etc
    Administrators check them out and chat to their referees
    Notice is posted in forums for 2-3 weeks during which time anyone can voice their objections (either publicly or via pm)
    Administrators appoint or reject

    To contact the Mentors group a couple of links will be put up when the vbulletin mod for the Mentors is completed and tested. For now, just make sure[list][*]the person you want to nominate to be a Mentor actually wants to be a Mentor[*]get 2 decent referees


    Send the nomination to either The Stranger, who is the Senior Mentor for the Northern North Island, or to any of the Mentor Administrators (Mental-Trousers, Virago or myself)
    Still on study leave

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    Discussion on the Mentor Programme


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    Reported Posts

    Reported posts will not be received as objections to people being nominated. Objects must be sent to the Senior Mentors or Mentor Administrators as shown in the process.

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