EMPOWERED STUDENTS ON A MISSION

EMPOWERED STUDENTS ON A MISSION

WELCOME TO VSA!

Today's youth are born change-makers, courageous leaders with a vision of a more just and equitable society. They march, they rally, they educate, and they speak up on behalf of justice. At VSA, we seek to build strong and compassionate visionaries who recognize that food is at the epicenter of so many issues we are facing today. We stand against all forms of oppression and believe that no one should be discriminated against because of their race, gender, sexual orientation, ability level, socioeconomic status, or species. 

Veg Student Alliance is a FREE program which empowers veg teens and their allies with the necessary knowledge and leadership skills to speak up and take initiative toward a more plant-based, sustainable, and compassionate food system. VSA guides young leaders as they educate others about the impact of our industrialized food system and its relation to climate change, the environment, animals, human health, and worker rights. The pilot program will take place online in December 2020 and is open to teens anywhere in the United States and Canada.

We believe in the power of students to drive change for a sustainable future. Our free weekly virtual meetings are facilitated by experienced educators who challenge veg students and their friends to unite for the greater good: a healthy, sustainable, and equitable food system where all beings, human and non-human, are respected and the planet is preserved for future generations.

EMPOWERED STUDENTS ON A MISSION

EDUCATION

Many of the systemic issues inherent in our industrialized food system are strategically kept hidden from everyday consumers. At VSA, participants learn about and educate others on food-related problems such as environmental racism, species extinction, climate change, worker rights violations, and health issues associated with the standard Western diet.

LEADERSHIP

In today's world, compassionate, motivated, and articulate leaders are needed more than ever. On many fronts, young people are taking the lead to move society forward. At VSA, we strive to build youth leaders who are keenly aware of the problems of our industrialized food system and have the knowledge, support, and skills required to take initiative to drive societal change.

ALLYSHIP

At Veg Student Alliance, we seek to build a community of vegan, vegetarian, and veg-curious students and their omnivorous allies for the common mission of helping the world move toward a plant-based, sustainable, and compassionate food system. We cultivate a judgement-free environment that fosters respect, friendship, and collaboration amongst all students, regardless of personal beliefs.

Image by Markus Spiske

"One book, one pen, one child, and one teacher can change the world.”

Malala Yousafzai

 

OUR PURPOSE

Mission: Veg Student Alliance creates interactive, youth-centered learning experiences that equip middle and high school students with the skills needed to take initiative on behalf of climate change, the environment, animals, human health, and worker rights.

Vision: Veg Student Alliance envisions a future in which veg teens and their allies are empowered with the necessary knowledge and leadership skills to speak up and champion a plant-based, sustainable, and equitable food system.

CORE VALUES

Compassion
We strive to show compassion toward all and practice being 
accepting and non-judgmental of others. We create positive, inclusive, and welcoming spaces for young people from all backgrounds.​​​ Understanding our differences is necessary for effecting change.

Allyship
We create alliances among veg and non-veg young people. Societal change requires action from a wide-variety of groups with diverse perspectives speaking up, together, in support of a greater purpose.

Plant-Forward
We educate about the impact of dietary and lifestyle choices and food systems on the environment, animals, human health, and workers’ rights. We are committed to our belief in the health, environmental, and ethical benefits of choosing a plant-based life.

Sustainability
We seek to make environmentally-sustainable daily life choices and protect our emotional and mental health by practicing self-care. We believe social change requires long-term commitment and careful stewardship of resources, both environmental and personal.

Pragmatism
We take a fact-based approach to outreach and are committed to peaceful, respectful, and effective communication. We are pragmatic, reasonable, and understand that change often occurs incrementally.

 

OUR FREE PROGRAM

Year-Long, Student-Led, Three 8-Week Sessions, Online for 2021, No Cost

(1.5 hour sessions)

WEEK 1

Intro

Wednesdays

6:00 - 7:30 PM ET

Meet new friends! Participate in interactive intro activities. Tell us about yourself and get to know your VSA colleagues!  

WEEK 3

Guest Speaker

Wednesdays

6:00 - 7:30 PM ET

An experienced food system influencer will join us to talk about initiatives, leadership, and how all of us have the capacity to make a difference.

WEEK 5

Initiative Planning

Wednesdays

6:00 - 7:30 PM ET

Plan out your initiative in detail! Don't worry, we will help with every step! 

WEEK 7

Topic of Choice

Wednesdays

6:00 - 7:30 PM ET

This week is all about you! What interests you? What would you like us to learn? 

WEEK 2

Why Plant-Based?

Wednesdays

6:00 - 7:30 PM ET

Discussion and videos! Share film clips, ask questions, and chat about why someone might choose a plant-based diet. 

WEEK 4

Initiative Pitch

Wednesdays

6:00 - 7:30 PM ET

Brainstorm initiative (educational event) ideas with a partner and pitch your idea to the group! 

WEEK 6

Initiative!

Wednesdays

6:00 - 7:30 PM ET

Time to carry out your educational initiative. The first one will be online. Write a letter, host an online event, show a film, make a cookbook! The options are endless.

WEEK 8

Cooking Celebration

Wednesdays

6:00 - 7:30 PM ET

Celebrate a successful first session with a special guest chef who will walk us through a tasty plant-based recipe!

 

Events

Program Registration
Mon, Nov 23
Online Registration
Nov 23, 2020, 6:37 PM EST – Jan 31, 2021, 10:37 PM EST
Online Registration
Are you passionate about making a difference? Are you interested in learning more about plant-based eating? Do you want to meet some new friends? Join VSA! Click here to register for our first session!
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