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California SNAP-Ed Peer Exchange Program

The California SNAP-Ed Peer Exchange Program connects Local Implementing Agency (LIA) peers with each other to share best practices, lessons learned, and resources. During a Peer Exchange, a Mentor agency provides expertise and shares best practices in a pre-determined topic area with a Mentee agency looking to advance their work in that topic area. The Peer Exchange Program increases the capacity of LIAs to implement SNAP-Ed in California and provides an opportunity to develop communities of learning. This program presents unique learning opportunities, as exchanges are not limited by service area or SIA, but can occur across regions and across agencies.

Peer Exchanges can occur as either:

  • One-to-one mentee and mentor visits (typically one full day),
  • Web-based teleconferences, or
  • Phone-based meetings.

Click on the link to apply now: Peer Exchange Program Application

Program Description

If an agency has demonstrated success, expertise, or experiences in a topic area, then a Mentor role will help to showcase their best practices and success stories with agencies across California, as well as provide an opportunity to network with other agencies. As the host agency, Mentors are expected to:

  • Share their experiences and resources,
  • Help plan the logistics of the exchange, 
  • Co-develop the agenda with the mentee, and
  • Complete a post-assessment of the exchange.

If an agency has identified a topic area they would like to strengthen, then a Mentee role would help to address that need. As the Mentee agency, LIAs are expected to:

  • Travel to the host agency if it is an in-person event,
  • Co-develop the agenda with the mentor, and
  • Complete a pre- and post-assessment of the exchange.

Mentor and Mentee Descriptions

If an agency has demonstrated success, expertise, or experiences in a topic area, then a Mentor role will help to showcase their best practices and success stories with agencies across California, as well as provide an opportunity to network with other agencies. As the host agency, Mentors are expected to:

  • Share their experiences and resources,
  • Help plan the logistics of the exchange,
  • Co-develop the agenda with the mentee, and
  • Complete a post-assessment of the exchange.

If an agency has identified a topic area they would like to strengthen, then a Mentee role would help to address that need. As the Mentee agency, LIAs are expected to:

  • Travel to the host agency if it is an in-person event,
  • Co-develop the agenda with the mentor, and
  • Complete a pre- and post-assessment of the exchange.

Program Process

  1. Apply
    Interested participants choose what role they would like to play in the exchange: Mentor or Mentee, or both. If an agency wants to be a Mentee in one topic area and a Mentor in another topic area, they will need to fill out both the Mentor and Mentee sections of the application.
    Click on the link to complete the Peer Exchange Program Application.
  2. Match
    CA SNAP-Ed State Training Team (CSST) staff matches Mentors and Mentees based on topic area and availability. CSST Team staff notifies the Mentors and Mentees by email and sets up a conference call to develop agenda items, learning objectives, activity ideas, and discuss other areas of interest or concern.
  3. Prepare
    The Mentor and Mentee create the agenda, plan activities, and gather and/or develop resources to be shared at the exchange.
  4. Exchange
    Meet up! Learn from each other! Visit a site! Share resources! Take what you have learned back to your own SNAP-Ed program!
  5. Follow-up
    The Mentor and Mentee agencies complete a post-assessment survey of what they learned during the exchange and how they plan to apply it to their SNAP-Ed work.

Travel

For an in-person exchange, a travel grant of up to $850 may be available to the Mentee agency on a case-by-case basis.

For More Information

Contact the Peer Exchange Program Coordinator for additional information at CASNAP-EdTraining@cdph.ca.gov.  

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