Last year The Perl Foundation participated in [Outreachy](https://www.outreachy.org/) May to August internships and [it was successfully completed](https://news.perlfoundation.org/post/outreach-2020-complete). We are looking to participate again this year.
At this stage we are looking for mentors and project ideas from the Perl and Raku community. If you are interested in becoming a mentor, please read the [Mentor description](https://www.outreachy.org/mentor/#mentor) and add your ideas at [our repo](https://github.com/perl-foundation-outreach/outreachy-2020-ideas). We plan to close our internal submission process on February 28th. Note that mentors are expected to spend 5-10 hours per week during the program period.
We also have a Perl/Raku Outreachy discussion forum at [Google Groups](https://groups.google.com/forum/#!forum/perl-foundation-outreach).
Outreachy, formerly The Outreach Program for Women, was started by the GNOME Foundation in 2006 to encourage women to participate in the GNOME project. Since inception the project has grown to include many Free and Open Source organisations, including The Perl Foundation, and now the program has been rebranded and extended to encourage the participation of other underrepresented groups.
Outreachy explicitly invites applicants from around the world who are women (cis and trans), trans men, and genderqueer people. Additionally, they explicitly invite residents and nationals of the United States of any gender who are Black/African American, Hispanic/Latino, American Indian, Alaska Native, Native Hawaiian, or Pacific Islander. Anyone who faces systemic bias or discrimination in the technology industry of their country is invited to apply.