Nine-year-old VeganEvan graduated from the Main Street Vegan Academy in New York on 9th October. He is almost certainly the youngest person to ever become a vegan lifestyle coach.
Evan LeFevre, who is calling himself VeganEvan, and his mother, Shannon Blair, both obtained their certification at the same time. VeganEvan spoke of his pride at his achievement.
Young Evan is already a veteran vegan activist. A vegetarian since the age of four, he has spoken at events and been involved in the animal rights movement for many years. Evan was awarded the ‘Cutest Vegan Kid’ of 2016 by PETA. Since that time his popularity has soared as his activism grows. It is inspiring to see the younger generation being moved to take action and force middle-aged politicians and business people to justify their lack of action. Thankfully, Greta is not alone.
Forms of Non-Violent Activism as almost endless
VeganEvan spoke during his course on the topic of effective forms of nonviolent activism, discussing the main types of activism he and his mother have participated in. He stressed that there is an almost endless amount of activism that is possible. “If I talked about every form of activism we’d be here all night,” he joked.
Creating videos to share is one of Evan’s favourite forms of activism. He has a delightfully simple and direct ability to communicate. His forthright questions beg for simple answers.
VeganEvan serves as the President of Animal Hero Kids which is an all-volunteer, non-profit organisation that preaches a message of “fostering empathy and kindness in children and teens by encouraging and recognizing compassionate and courageous acts that help all species of animals”
The Main Street Vegan Academy is set up “to encourage the adoption and maintenance of a positive vegan lifestyle and a health-promoting diet, geared to the needs and preferences of the individual.” It was founded in 2012 and has certified over 450 activists from 28 different countries.
The VLCE certification requires six days of intensive training to inform their advocacy for a vegan lifestyle. The curriculum includes a grounding in the basics of vegan principles including nutrition and diet, and history and overview of the vegan movement, as well an overview of animal rights and animal law and environmental consequences. The curriculum also extends to techniques for communication to help activism, and tips on public speaking.
A graduate will have all the tools at his or her disposal to spread compassion and kindness through their activism.
This mother and son team look all set to become more strategic with their activism. Good luck to them.