NAFSA's Food and Culinary Mentorship Application
Rooted in the cultivation of Indigenous food sovereignty, NAFSA’s Food and Culinary Mentorship program provides essential resources for Indigenous people of all ages and levels of experience to actualize and implement the serving of their traditional, healthy foods in their homes, communities and the broader public.

Led by an incredible team of dedicated chef mentors, one of our goals is to build long lasting relationships and share knowledge in a kind and positive atmosphere. It is now more than ever that we need to continue supporting our Indigenous food and culinary movement and strengthening our relationships.

In 2020 NAFSA's Food and Culinary Mentorship Program will continue assisting Indigenous Peoples and communities in reconnecting with their traditional diets and lifeways for the wellbeing and health of their communities through providing mentorship and resources.

The program assists requests from mentees and communities ranging from technical support, capacity building, training, planning, food systems and trade networks to share food and establish markets to increase the economic sustainability of Indigenous Peoples.

Our program priorities for 2020 include:

- Providing resources capacity building, and mentorship for established and upcoming tribal food initiatives, communities and people who seek to develop and increase community based culinary programs;

- Developing and Implementing Culinary Mentorship Trainings in Indigenous communities

- Connecting Indigenous food activists, chefs, cooks, entrepreneurs, farmers, harvesters and hunters to increase their local, regional and national efforts.

Indigenous people who are in the field of culinary arts OR who are passionate about cooking our Indigenous foods can apply! Deadline: May 13, 2020.

To learn more about our program visit:
Email address *
First and Last Name *
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Phone Number *
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Street Address, City, State and Zip Code *
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Tribal and/or Organizational Affiliation *
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Briefly describe what "mentorship program" means to you *
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Are you applying as a mentee or mentor? *
Briefly explain your involvement with the Indigenous food and culinary movement (including with Native ingredients), and how do you see yourself helping to advance that movement moving forward? *
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What do you hope to gain and/or share by participating in this Mentorship Program? *
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Do you have mentors that have influenced your professional and personal development? If so, please give a short explanation of their impact in your life. *
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In an effort to best connect mentors with mentees, is there a specific region or style of cookery that you prefer to learn more about or develop strengths in? If so, what would that be? *
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If you could host an event or start a program or project in your community, what is your vision for such an event or program/project? Do you have ideas for raising additional resources and support? *
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What additional support (funding, education, other resources) would help you advance your professional development? *
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Are you willing to participate in future monthly online meeting/trainings as part of an ongoing mentorship support network? *
Is there anything else you would like to share? (optional)
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