Google's Highly Open Participation (GHOP) contest is attracting a lot of attention from the right people: pre-university students. The PSF is one of ten organizations mentoring students working on Python-related projects. Since I submitted tasks suggestions early on and volunteered to help following a call for volunteers from Titus Brown, Crunchy has benefited from many students contributions. Crunchy's messages have been translated in Estonian, Macedonian, Polish and Italian with, hopefully, more translations to come. Some new unit tests have been added with more to come. There may be a couple of nice surprises coming out soon too :-)
While other projects have also benefited from GHOP's students contributions, there could be more. If you have some good ideas for mini-projects (doable in 3-5 days, at a couple of hours per day with perhaps one full day), your suggestions would most likely be most welcome. Just check out the GHOP Python discussion group. And, if you would like to join the (too small) ranks of Python mentors, please do; we need all the help we can get.