Veggie Mentor Program Overview

Bay Area Vegetarians is dedicated to supporting and promoting the local vegetarian and animal rights community.

This new program provides a support network to folks who have already made the decision that they want to be vegan/vegetarian, but have questions or just want to connect with others who are also making the same transition.

Benefits

Folks enrolled in the Mentor Program will receive:

New, aspiring, or lapsed vegetarians/vegans are welcome. There is no monetary cost to enroll or participate in the program. We merely ask that you are sincere and diligent in your motivations to adopt a plant-based diet.

Your level of participation depends on you -- you can ask questions in the forum, add your voice to the ongoing discussions or take a quieter approach and merely browse the forum.

Topics we can help with

How it works

Discussion Forums
  1. Simply register in the BAV forums. Hint: In your profile, select YES for 'Always notify me of replies'

  2. Go to the "Mentor/Support Program" forum. Maybe post an introduction and start to connect with our mentors and other new veggies.

  3. Decide if you want to periodically browse the forum for new discussions, or if you'd like email notification of new posts. For the latter, select this link "Start watching this forum"; everytime a new post is made, you will receive an email notification.

  4. When you have a question, select new topic ask your question, and see what the mentors as well as other folks have to say.

  5. Watch the forum and our mailing lists for special events related to this program.

Meet our Mentors

Chris

Chris

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Chris started on the path to vegetarianism in 1989. Over the next year, he became vegetarian after he finally quit eating fish. About 1994, he became more knowledgeable about the issues and decided to go vegan.

One of the reasons that Chris is keen on the mentor/support program is that he went veg on his own. In hindsight, he thinks it was the lack of support that delayed his transition to veganism.

Chris is a co-founder of Bay Area Vegetarians. He's online a lot, and looking forward to helping folks. You'll find him everywhere Tammy is, such as the two monthly events that they co-host -- the 3rd Thursday letter writing parties and last Thursday Shangri-La dinner.

Karen

Karen

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Karen became vegetarian in 1991 after attending World Vegetarian Day in Berkeley. Her motivation was strictly to stop contributing to animal suffering, and she only found out the many health and environmental benefits after becoming veg. She decided to go vegan the following year after reading Diet for a New America.

Karen is currently a software consultant, but in a former life was a teacher. She's interested in vegan nutrition and is an avid reader of books on that subject, especially those by Dr. Neal Barnard and Dr. John McDougall.

lauren

lauren

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lauren went vegan in 1988 for the animals. "Growing up in Texas it wasn't easy, but it was easier to wake up in the morning knowing I wasn't responsible for the suffering and deaths of so many innocent animals."

lauren started the first high school animal rights group in San Antonio, Texas. She also started groups in college and Action for Animals in Austin. She was the National Campaign Coordinator for In Defense of Animals and in 2000 launched Viva!USA, the U.S. branch of Viva!UK.

Viva!USA investigates factory farms and works with activists nationwide to run consumer campaigns. The group publishes and distributes materials promoting veganism and student activism. Campaigns include getting Trader Joe’s to stop selling duck meat, helping students get vegan meals in schools, coordinating events promoting vegan ice cream, and running pro-veg ads in school newspapers.

Tammy

Tammy

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Tammy was inspired to become a vegan after learning that meat came from animals raised and killed in horrible conditions. While it took her roughly 6 months, in 1989, to wean herself from eating animal products, it took her a couple of years to find the resources she needed to live comfortably and confidently as a vegan (what to eat, what to wear, where to shop, how to cook).

Tammy hopes to share her key learnings with other new and aspiring vegans through the mentor/buddy program. Also, she feels her relatively quick transition to veganism is partly due to having support from a friend also going vegan at the same time.

Tammy is a co-founder of Bay Area Vegetarians. You'll find her at many of the local veg/AR events, including two of the BAV monthly events that she co-hosts -- the 3rd Thursday letter writing parties and last Thursday Shangri-La dinner.

Warren

Warren

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Warren began his path to veganism in 1983 after hearing a woman in a college class give a lecture on the subject of vegetarianism. He first gave up red meat and then over the next several months gave up all other meat as well. When he began to learn more about how dairy products affect animals, health and the environment, he then gave up dairy products in 1989 and hasn't looked back since.

Warren currently works in the natural products industry and has dreams of one day opening a vegan restaurant. In the mean time he enjoys camping, cooking, films, music and helping others to switch to a diet that not only improves their health but is also better for the planet and doesn't bring any harm to animals.

Content

Overview
Benefits
How it works
Meet our Mentors
Resources
Become a Mentor

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Connect - Events

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Additional Resources

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Become a Mentor

Regardless of whether you are officially a 'mentor' in our program, we hope you'll share your insights and experiences with us in the Mentor/Support discussion forum. In the future, we will need more help and will be looking for folks to become mentors and fulfill other roles. We will likely draw from the pool of folks active in the local community, so don't be shy, let us know who you are and what you'd like to help with.