Who are the VSA members? Some are plant-based, some are plant-forward, some eat animal products and are open to learning more. Cat lovers, dog lovers, only children, many siblings. Some have tons of activism experience and others are newbies. All are awesome!
We also discuss the multitude of ways animals are used in our society - food, fashion, entertainment, and experimentation. We explore the normalization of this use and discuss the concept of speciesism.
We've been honored to host numerous guest speakers, from nutritionists to medical professionals, to sanctuary directors and documentarians. Our film screening of The Ghosts in Our Machine attracted 30 attendees. We were honored to host the film's director, Liz Marshall, and the film's human protagonist, photojournalist Jo-Anne McArthur, for a lengthy Q&A after the screening. We've hosted the founder of Balanced, an incredible organization that helps individuals advocate for institutional menu change. Check our our speakers list!
Being veg can be a challenge. It can be frustrating and feel isolating. We get real about the issues veg teenagers face. Questions about protein and calcium. Being the only veg teen in school or in a friend group. We role-play how to respond to frequently asked questions about veg living using questioning, empathy, understanding, and facts. Have you ever heard of the concept of attractivism? We explore that, too. Check out the video to learn more about what vegan Harry Potter actress Evanna Lynch and teen animal rights activist Genesis Butler have to say on the topic! We're fans of both types of outreach. Get active and be attractive!
WHAT'S AN INITIATIVE?
How do we take initiative? So many ways! As a group, we have created and shared presentations with other incredible youth organizations and hosted a film screening with renowned film director Liz Marshall and award-winning photojournalist Jo-Anne McArthur. We've developed a critical resource for passionate teenagers to share with their school leadership about the importance of teaching the realities behind our industrialized animal economy. VSA's main goal is to build community, knowledge, skills, and confidence so that veg teenagers and their supporters feel empowered to organize, educate, innovate, and celebrate!
Plant-based Chef Kelly Kerr (aka The VeganAbler) has joined us twice and taught us some awesome recipes: creamy mac 'n' cheese, caramel popcorn, and sweet 'n' sour meatballs. Check out her recipes on our social media pages!
It can be really isolating to be a plant-based teenager. Many people don't understand why we choose to eliminate animal products and answering the same questions over and over can be draining. So . . . in addition to our initiatives and regular meetings, we host team-led socials. Games, cooking, conversations! This is a time to chill with like-minded people.