Linking CBOs: Peer-to-Peer Mentoring Initiative

As one of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s (CDC) funded capacity building assistance (CBA) providers, the Behavioral and Social Science Volunteer (BSSV) Program is tasked with providing CBA to community-based organizations (CBOs) across the U.S. and U.S. Territories. Often, the BSSV program connects with CBOs that share the same CBA needs. In efforts to promote collaborations and partnerships between CBOs, we have developed and initiated a unique Peer-to-Peer Mentoring Plan. The plan will enable the BSSV Program identify CBOs with common CBA needs, complementary program strengths and successes, and establish networking relationships among CBOs.

Our Peer-to-Peer Mentoring Strategy includes some of the following key dimensions:

  • Establishment of peer-to-peer mentoring groups via online training courses: CBOs participating in our online training courses such as “Telling Your Story” webinar series will be offered the opportunity to connect on common areas of interest. For example, CBOs who participate in this training series or future series might connect with each other to learn more about what they have been doing in the areas of program monitoring and evaluation or provide some insight around a specific topic such as data collection or data analysis.

  • Face-to-Face CBA Trainings: Facilitating the peer-to-peer mentoring via face-to-face trainings where CBOs can establish on-going relationship on common CBA Areas. For example, the BSSV Program is piloting the Integration of Mental Health, Substance Abuse and HIV Prevention services throughout the nation. CBOs that participate in these trainings can serve as mentors to other CBOs who will eventually enroll and complete the training.

  • Peer-to-Peer Exchange Webinar Sessions: We will host quarterly peer-to-peer exchange sessions using webinar technology; providing an opportunity for CBOs on our listserv to share and discuss common areas of interest such as Diffused Effective Behavioral Interventions (DEBIs) or Public Health Strategies (PHS) implementation and effective RFP response skills.

The first Peer-to-Peer webinar focused on EBI implementation of Healthy Relationships (HR) and was led by three CBOs who have been successful with HR implementation: AIDS Resource Center Ohio (Dayton, OH), Friends for Life (Memphis, TN) and Boston Living Center (Boston, MA). Visit the GoToTraining website to access the webinar recording.

It is our goal to create an integrated network of peer mentoring and information exchange from which CBOs receive the support they require and explore the possible collaboration sand partnerships. For more information, please contact Program Director Edna Davis Brown by email or by phone at (202) 336-6176.