Become A Coach

Why become a coach?

  • Continue to deepen or develop mentoring and supervisory skills.

  • Promote companies and programs to students.

  • Develop a student or young professional network.

  • Give back to students by volunteering time with AFA.

Coach requirements:

  • Three years of post-collegiate work experience

  • Able to volunteer and commit to the process 18-36 months

  • Complete the AFA Leader Fellowship Coach Training

  • Employed in an agriculture or food organization, preferred

  • And, of course, a strong base of ethics and service

Coaches meet with their student telephonically or in person dependent upon location. The student must meet with their coach a minimum of four times but we find that these partnerships tend to be meeting more frequently.

What can you do for a student?

  • Help guide a student to become a marketable candidate fresh out of college.

  • Provide advice, information or support in agriculture, food sciences and natural resources.

Clearly, the program is rigorous. Students who complete the program should expect accelerated development, a broader network and enhanced capability across competencies.

Get Involved

The next step for becoming a coach is completing coach training. Please note the upcoming coach training dates. If you do not see one that meets your needs, check back often, or email