LIVE Mentorship Program
Thanks for signing up to become a LIVE Mentor! We are so excited to welcome you to the Chilis on Wheels family and cannot wait to have you paired with your very own mentee! This manual is designed to serve as a resource- explaining policies, procedures, and helpful facts that may assist one in their role as a mentor.
What is Chilis on Wheels?
Before we begin, it’s important to have a solid foundation on who we are as an organization. As a LIVE Mentor, you’ll be representing us and the work that we do for communities around the country. Learn a bit about us below!
As part of our mission of making veganism accessible to communities in need, we offer a wide range of services- all of free of charge. Read a bit about them below!
What is Veganism
Now, if you’re signing up to become a mentor, odds are you’re already pretty familiar with what veganism is. However, we’d still like to take the time to go over the way we define veganism as an organization! A vegan does not use, wear, or eat animals or animal products, or products that have been tested or are dependent on the exploitation of animals. Although there are many reasons to go vegan, the following are some of the most common…
for the animals
for the environment
for your health
All animals want to live, love, and be free. Veganism ensures that animals are not exploited through the commodification of their bodies and body-secretions. On dairy farms, mother cows are immediately separated from their newborns and forced provide milk to farmers rather than their calves. In factory farms, egg-laying hens are crammed into filthy cages- unable to move or spread their wings. These are only a few of the many injustices that farm animals experience on a daily basis. All animals have the right to freedom.
Animal agriculture is the leading cause of climate change. Methane gas, land clearing needed for grazing, animal waste seeping into waterways are only a few of the awful environmental side-effects of animal agriculture.
A plant-based diet helps reduce your risk for developing certain cancers, and lower your blood pressure which helps reduce your chance of heart-related illnesses while supporting your immune system. Type 2 diabetes is entirely preventable, and plenty of research suggests a plant-based diet can help ward off the disease.
Animal agriculture consistently oppresses communities of color. Factory farms are often located in poor communities, polluting the air and water, driving property costs down, and taking tax breaks instead of contributing to a town. Slaughterhouse and processing-plant workers, mostly people of color are some of the most exploited workers, routinely denied health care, living wages, union opportunities, and enduring hostile and physically dangerous working environments.
What is the Low-Income Vegan Education Mentorship Program?
The Low-Income Vegan Extraordinaire Mentorship Program is the first vegan program to take into consideration our cultural and economic identity into the way to a successful step into veganism. Just like with non-vegan food, and life, there are a variety of products at all price points. But our ethnicity and our economic class is something that helps define our life, our choices and our approach to veganism needs to take those things into consideration. Participants receive 21 daily informative emails, a cost-effective daily meal plan, and will be matched with a mentor to set them on their way to a new vegan life!
Your Role as a Mentor...
As a LIVE mentor your role is to support your mentee as they begin their new vegan journey. Here are a bit of the your responsibilities…
Contact the mentee and introduce yourself within two days of receiving the matched-email.
Reply to mentees questions as they arise.
Check in with the mentee if they haven’t reached out.
Work to build a relationship of trust and support with mentee.
Share resources, recommendations, tips on vegan living.
Support mentees through challenges with family, friends, or more general things.
Provide a vision of veganism rooted in justice.
Why Culture and Socioeconomic Background Matters?
Chilis on Wheels Hospitality Code
It’s nice to hear your name, so make sure to learn the names of your mentee.
Labeling people creates invisible barriers. Labeling creates divisions and can foster an “us” and “them” syndrome.
Personal questions can be tough to answer; don’t put mentees in awkward positions by asking personal questions. If your mentee needs to talk, give them the chance, but don’t pry.
We all like to keep some things to ourselves; all information about mentees is confidential. Do not discuss your mentee’s situation with other people.
We see clients from different religions, including atheism. We will not proselytize or make anyone uncomfortable or unwelcome by sharing our own personal beliefs.
Don’t Force Food or Ideas
Sometimes we don’t feel like eating a particular food, so accept refusal- it’s not personal, maybe next time. Same goes with our tips and ideas.
Things to Consider...
While you can meet the mentee in real life if you so choose, please know that Chilis on Wheels does not make itself responsible. Please exercise caution.
If at any time you feel unsafe with your mentee, please contact [email protected] or your local authorities right away.
Chilis on Wheels does not condone any racism, sexism, homophobia, transphobia, classism, or speciesism.
Do not recruit your mentee into other activist spaces.
Do not share medical advice. You may provide resources but never an opinion.