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Go Fund Bean Launching Bean to Bean Mentorship Program

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[Note: This post has been updated to include application instructions for mentees. the story for details.]

The coffee worker support nonprofit Go Fund Bean has announced a new mentorship program called Bean to Bean.

For the initial run of Bean to Bean, Go Fund Bean is seeking participation from 10 seasoned coffee individuals to serve as mentors to 10 people who are new to the industry but seeking to expand their opportunities or seek direction.

“Our goal is to help baristas find ways that they can grow and stay in the industry, and to give them an incredible resource to do so,” Go Fund Bean said in a launch announcement for the program. “Mentoring is such an important avenue for professional and personal growth and Go Fund Bean is so excited to be offering a formal program to facilitate that!”

Go Fund Bean, which was created by Adam JacksonBey at the onset of the COVID-19 pandemic as a virtual tip jar aggregator and has since expanded to lead numerous fundraising programs to benefit hourly coffee workers, is incorporating Qooper software for the online mentorship program.

The group said mentorship will primarily occur one-on-one although there may be some activities that involve larger groups. The first round will begin in May and run through the summer, the group says on the Bean to Bean page.

Update: The application period for mentors has closed. The application period for mentees is currently open through Wednesday, April 21. Here are the criteria, as written by Go Fund Bean:

  • Currently working in the specialty coffee industry as an hourly coffee worker, which means:
  • a year of coffee work within the last two years
  • Majority (>51%) of income in last two years is from the specialty coffee industry
  • Interested in progressing in their career either vertically or laterally
  • 18 years or older
Applicants MUST use the invite code.