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hi,<br><br>
i became vegan 4 months ago when found out about what goes on "behind the scenes" in egg and diary factories. but i want to do more to help. mt friend and Iwanted to start a vegetarian club at my school when school starts again but i dont think they let us. but what else could i start to do. when evert i think about all the poor animals dying for human food it makes me so sad and angry. i really want to help more but im only 14. does any one have any clues of somethings i can start to do?
 

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hey<br><br>
im 14 too but dont say it like its a bad thing we can do tons of stuff !!<br><br>
well im guessing your a activist or like on you way<br><br>
wut i do is like well im signed up for like every animal rights group i know and most give out like letters and stuff and also with things you can do<br><br>
also alot of people want to tell people about this like in their face and all but i learned this probaly isent a good idea kinda<br><br>
well ill explain<br><br>
ok alot of people cud care less about the animals and you want to have a good rep i hope like you want to be known (im guessing) as like a great person that cares alot about animals and the enviroment not some crazy obessed person<br><br>
so if someone asks tell them but otherwise i wudnt really say anything<br><br>
but make sure to like hint about stuff like if your going out somewhere to eat mention your a vegan so people get the idea your into animal rights<br><br>
i hope im making sence if not pm me and ill like try to explian better<br><br>
try for the veggie club and if they say no try to fight bcuz you shudnt not be allowed plus it sounds like a great idea<br><br>
so basically try to sign up for groups cuz they dont have an age limit and sometimes they have protests and stuff like that<br><br>
btw where do you live ?<br><br>
ill try to think of somemore stuff
 

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I don't see why they would prohibit a vegetarian club in your school. Definitely try to start , but like Sprout said, make sure to come off as a calm, rational person and not some crazy chick trying to convert people.<br><br>
You could organize something like a food fair, or work veganism into some of your school projects.<br><br>
Good luck
 

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Yeah, it's really weird that they'd stop you from having a veggie club at school. I'm in one now, we have bake sales and stuff (all vegan food) and everyone seems to love it. We give the money we've raised to different organizations.
 

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<div class="quote-block"><i>Originally posted by AliasSpy</i><br><br><b>Yeah, it's really weird that they'd stop you from having a veggie club at school.</b></div>
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i agree too, i can't imagine a school prohibiting you from this. but if they do, make a ruckus about it! there are lots of people that will sympathize with your cause. have your parents send letters to the school or media, if possible (hopefully they support you, even if they dont agree). you have every right to make a club that doesn't harm otheres. how could a school stop you from making a club on your own?<br><br><br><br>
and it's great to hear that you want to do this, especially at such a young age. i wish people had introduced me to the horrors of the food industry much earlier in life. good luck! <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/images/smilies/smiley.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title=":)">
 

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we were thinking about doin a vegan barbecue party thing where people would buy tickets n we could have all vegan food and then ppl would see how great it is<br><br><br><br>
michael_veggie: you could still start a veggie club and you'd be surprised how many ppl are vegetarian (unless you know everyone in your school and theyre not) cuz we keep discovering ppl all the time who are veggies that we never realized. And if you meet more veg peeps that are interested in animal rights and thats why they are vegetarian then you could also tell them about the egg and dairy industry so thery could become vegan now that they know because alot of the reason that vegetarians arent vegan is that they are uninformed of the horrors of egg factories and dairy farms.
 

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<div class="quote-block"><i>Originally posted by maple_syrup</i><br><br><b>we were thinking about doin a vegan barbecue party thing where people would buy tickets n we could have all vegan food and then ppl would see how great it is</b></div>
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Charging for it is a sure to way to prevent people who most need exposure from coming. I don't even try new fruits unless there's free samples.<br><br><br><br>
Maybe you could cajole manufacturers and/or local health food stores, et al, into sponsoring such an event.
 

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Good for you for having the desire to do all you can VeganChick.<br><br><br><br>
A club sounds great to me (and a good way to be social with other veggies).<br><br><br><br>
Is there a vegetarian club/society in your city/town? If so, maybe they could help you get it going (or your school group could be an off-shoot of that group).<br><br><br><br>
Also - I think for all of us an awesome way to make a difference is to be a good example.<br><br><br><br>
Hope you let us know what kinds of things your doing as you come up with them.
 

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HI- Im 15 and a vegan in high school...living in portland, theres lotsa veggies, and next year at least 3 vegans total for my high school. (Its a big school though...1,00 plus)<br><br><br><br>
im thinking of starting a veggie club too... <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/images/smilies/smiley.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title=":)"> it'd be fun! it may be awkward since I thought my teacher sponsor was veggie, but shes a pescaterian. Ohh well. It should work out anyways. keep us posted on what you do! We could be a loosely affiliated VB network thingamajig of groups.<br><br><br><br>
club Potlucks are fun too, everyone brings a vegan or vegetarian dish, and you could watch a movie or talk about stuff. Fun way to get club attendance waaay up! A lot cheaper then ordering out cheeseless pizza too. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/images/smilies/smiley.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title=":)">
 

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If your school won't let you have an official veggie club, couldn't you just meet in the hall during a certain lunch and have a pow-wow? You should definitely try to start a club, you'd probably be surprised by how many other kids feel the same way as you.<br><br><br><br>
As long as information about the Meat and Dairy industry is leaking out to the public, everyone has the right to take a stand against it, and the more young people that go veggie, the more chance we have of changing things.<br><br><br><br>
If your club gets into doing really cool things, maybe it'll get other kids to join in and become vegetarians, knowing they'd be the coolest kids in school for taking a stand.
 

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Aw, I would love nothing more than to have a veggie club but I just know that I'm one of the few veggies in my school. As of, maybe, February, I knew of one other vegetarian--a just starting out ovo lacto. She was talking aout it with her friends, the punk kids, which is the group most likely to have veggies as far as my school goes, and hwere all just like, "That's ^%*&ing crazy!" I've talked to just about everyone in MY grade (seriously..it's not that big and I do get along with just about everyone so I talk to a lot of people) and I know there's no other veggies, unless someone's converted over the summer (doubtful), and I don't know about incoming freshman but...this just isn't a really veggie-friendly area and my school's narrow-minded, heavy "God gave us animals for meat and fur" attitude just doesn't help. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/images/smilies/sad.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title=":("> I have a feeling if I tried to start a veggie group, the only feedback I'd get from the school is ridicule.<br><br><br><br>
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here's the thing, don't limit the club to veggies. Extend it to people *interested* in vegetarianism or vegetarian issues. You may consider it like a healthy eating club, an animal interests club, an environmental club.<br><br><br><br>
the idea is to set out a few aims. One of your aims will not only be support of vegetarians (by vegetarians), but also to reach out to other students and help them learn how and why to become vegetarian. having an educational, outreach goal (that is not too extreme) will help you form a larger group.<br><br><br><br>
Get together with whomever you know is a vegetarian or remotely interested in veing vegetarian (even pescitarians), and set out some goals for the club. So, for example:<br><br><br><br>
1. to support teen vegetarians in their struggles socially, etc.<br><br><br><br>
2. to educate teens about vegetarian issues, including healthy vegetarian diets for teens, environmental issues, and animal welfare/rights.<br><br><br><br>
(the trick about using animal welfare is audience accomodation. many "grown ups" are against animal rights, and find animal welfare more appropriate)<br><br><br><br>
3. community service and outreach--the club will participate in various activities throughout the year that supports our ideas. IE, an Earth Save bake sale or something.<br><br><br><br>
So, by having some clearly defined goals, teacher-sponsors can help you with outreach.<br><br><br><br>
Your poster around school could read:<br><br><br><br>
Vegetarian Club<br><br><br><br>
All are welcome to attend the first meeting of the vegetarian club! Whether you're a veggie or just interested in vegetarianism, an animal lover or environmentalist, this club has something for you!<br><br><br><br>
Date, Time, Place<br><br><br><br>
Something like that--making it broader than just for two people.<br><br><br><br>
Weird thing about clubs. LIke here, as people hang out with other people--they start to explore things more deeply. For instance, we've had people come here who were pescis and ultimately became vegans. We've had vegans become more strict vegans (nut cases! <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/images/smilies/wink3.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title=";)"> LOL) . ANd so on. So, even if you get a person who is there because they are interested in Rain Forest issues, you may eventually have another vegetarian.<br><br><br><br>
Good luck!
 

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good idea, zoebird.<br><br>
It is difficult for a people to convert their habit suddently, however, we can tell what we know about the benefit about our living style gradually, and then maybe oneday, they can also become a vegetarian. At least, they can know some truth about vegetarian. Even if he can't be a vegetarian, he will respect us.
 

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i created an animal advocacy club in my school...it hasnt really gone anywhere....i go to a very small private school, and im the only vegan there....and theres only a few other vegetarians...its a bummer. the kids arent very open-minded about it either...some of the teachers are great...although one always ripped my posters down..they weren't even graphic. im really the only vegan i know too. but if your school is larger and more open-minded than mine maybe your ventures will be more successful...at least i hope so <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/images/smilies/wink3.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title=";)">
 

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jen:<br><br><br><br>
seems like you may need to work on audience accomodation. recognizing that your school isn't open-minded, start with the pet animals. SPCA, HUmane Society type things, and then start to branch out.<br><br><br><br>
Lots of people will come to help out cute kitties and puppies. In time, it may be a good idea to start visiting farms (a nice "meet your meat"type thing) so that people have the opportunity to know the "unknown" animals that are farm animals.<br><br><br><br>
Also, in your pictures for your posters, be careful and selective. A picture of a cow or chicken shouldn't be offensive to a teacher, a picture of a slaughter is pretty much offensive to everyone.<br><br><br><br>
again, a broader idea goes a long way. Flies with sweets!
 
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