Mentorship can play a critical role in the ongoing growth and development of food systems leaders. By providing professional guidance and support, serving as a sounding board, or building connections in the food movement, the exchange of ideas and experience with a mentor can influence us on profound levels and stay with us for years.
Since 2018, the Community Food Systems Mentorship Program has connected 163 emerging leaders with established food systems leaders and experts as thought partners and coaches. By partnering with 19 mentors, the program has delivered 1,300 hours of mentorship and guidance in support of the next generation of food systems leaders. Both mentors and mentees report gaining lasting relationships through this program, and several have partnered together on policy campaigns, co-presented on webinars, and remain active members of the FSLN.
“I really valued how my mentor pushed me AND supported me, and that he knew how and when to do one or the other. It’s clear the Food Systems Leadership Network has created a mentor network that isn’t just a group of experienced individuals (though they definitely are that!) but also people who want to, and are equipped to, play the unique and nuanced role of mentorship.” – 2022 Mentee
Years Active: 2018 – present