Community Onboarding Program
The Community Onboarding Pilot Program was borne out of discussions between the community and the ICANN organization starting at ICANN49 and concluding at ICANN51. Driven by the IANA functions stewardship transition’s growing demands on the community, this broader consultation process sought to address volunteer burnout and improve newcomer retention rates.
In January 2016, the pilot was launched; a mentorship-based program with a clear objective: Improve engagement and retention of new participants within ICANN by creating a structured, year-round (not meeting-focused) onboarding process, anchored in mentorship, tailored by and for each community group. For more information about this ongoing pilot program please go to the Community Wiki.