|Enewsletter • September 1, 2003|
We are losing millions – of
Adopt a College Program Launched!
The new school year is upon us. Millions of students will be congregating on 2500 college campuses throughout the country. By next June, over a million will graduate, many lost forever to the world of inertia and learned habits.
While the debate rages about how the vegetarian movement can tailor its message to reach resistant adults, open-minded college students who care about animals are being neglected at an astounding rate. Our movement has not yet made a massive, organized effort to reach our best audience. We could be making tremendous progress among this group of people using animal-related literature that has been shown to work.
Let's stop banging our heads against walls and start preaching to the convertible!
"But," you might say, "I am not in college. It is not my responsibility to reach college students. Vegetarian college students should reach other students." On some select campuses they are. On the vast majority, they are not. It is time for an organized effort to make sure there is outreach to students on every campus in the United States.
College students come in all ages. Because of this, just about anyone will fit in if they dress casually and carry a backpack. On most campuses, students are used to being approached and handed a flyer.
It's a great feeling to see people sitting around reading Why Vegan, or students asking for more flyers to give to others, or telling you they will never eat meat again! To join:
If you cannot spare the time to adopt a college, please support Vegan Outreach's program with a donation so that we can provide other people with the literature to do so.
Tuesday, October 14, 2003
If most of your outreach efforts are geared towards adults, leafleting to college and high school students can be an amazing experience! They are much more open to the message of vegetarianism.
For this day, Viva! and Vegan Outreach are providing special packets of literature. The deadline for ordering a packet is Thursday, September 25 (we need 3 weeks to send the packets by media mail rate, which is much cheaper than normal rates, and allows us to do this program).
We will be listing the schools to be leafleted, with your contact information. And, if you choose a college to leaflet, we can list you as having adopted that college (see above).
To recoup some of our expenses, we are asking for a $5 donation to participate ($15 USD for Canada to cover the much higher cost of shipping.) If you cannot afford this and are regularly active with Vegan Outreach or Viva!, please contact us for sponsorship.
Please note: Any donations to help us cover the additional costs of this event are most appreciated!