What makes an animal advocate? How can CAA best support people in their process? This is one of the questions we asked ourselves in creating our new strategic plan.
Advocates grow our movement by increasing awareness of animal suffering and building a welcoming community. The community supports people in moving toward a plant-based diet and developing effective advocacy skills.
CAA is systematically building more advocates through training, information sessions, and community building. Few things demonstrate that as strongly as the growth of our University of Minnesota student group. Yash and Nathan are two of its leaders.
Yash says, “The growth of our group means we’ve doubled the number of students who are getting the information and support they need to eat a plant-based diet. Not only that, it’s enabling us to do much wider campus outreach than in previous semesters.”
Yash and Nathan have been involved with the group for several years and have become skilled advocates. Along with my support and guidance, they’ve helped to lead the group from having an average of ten students attending each meeting last school year to twenty students at each meeting this fall.
Nathan adds, “The growth of advocacy and tangible change is vital to our movement. College campuses are one critical location, as students are just forming their beliefs and eating habits.”
With your help, we can start a student group at another Twin Cities school in the coming year and give current students advanced training from movement leaders at the Animal Rights National Conference in the summer of 2018.
To make this a reality, we need to raise the first $8,000 of our $24,000 year-end goal through the GiveMN platform. This also gives us the chance to receive an extra $500 from GiveMN.
You can maximize our chances of winning this extra $500 when you make your year-end gift on Saturday, November 4. Plus, all donations will be matched dollar for dollar.