These are the amazing friends who help me make VeganTeen the best it can be. If you’re under age 20, have been vegan over a year, and would like to help, please contact me!
Jasmine, a 16-year-old from Los Angeles, will be celebrating her 3-year vegan-niversay in February 2020. Her journey to veganism began in the fourth grade, when her class watched the documentary, Forks Over Knives. Since then, she has explored being pescatarian, vegetarian, and vegan. She hopes to educate teens in her community about the power of going plant-based while dispelling the misconception that veganism must be costly. Most recently, she founded a youth group for vegan and vegetarian teens in her area, named Plant-Based Teens of LA (or PBTLA for short). With the group, she aspires to motivate others to consume fewer animal products and offer support to newly transitioned vegans/vegetarians.
Elyanna is a 16-year-old who has been vegan for 2 years. One day, scrolling through YouTube, she came across a slaughterhouse video and was horrified by what she saw. She says, “It never crossed my mind how animals were treated, and a speciesist mindset is all I ever knew. After bawling my eyes out, I decided I was going vegan. It quickly became my passion and I dedicate my free time to educating others.” She now lives in Olympia, Washington and is very involved with activism of all kinds. “Going vegan changed my life forever, and I am extremely grateful that I now live my life in line with my values.”
Colby Gonzalez is an 18-year-old majoring in environmental sciences at Montana State University. He is currently residing in Bozeman, Montana and is the treasurer at his university’s Thrive on Plants club. He made the switch to veganism after watching the documentary Earthlings by Shaun Monson around four years ago.
Mia, an animal activist based in NYC, tries to help animals in any way possible. Recently, she has been fighting to end live dissection in her school. After her experience at the amazing YEA Camp, Mia has been exposed to great ways to inform the public and even just her friends at her school in Manhattan. Mia has been vegan for almost a decade now and is continuing fighting for what she believes in.