Hi, my name is Jenna! I’m 19 years old and am from Florida, USA!
I decided to go vegan in 2016 after learning what happens to animals and our health from eating animal products. I didn’t learn about animal rights activism until a year later after watching activists on YouTube, and I wanted to get active ASAP! I started with only social media activism until I was able to attend irl activism a year ago, and have been hooked ever since. I also recently started a YouTube channel and hope to inspire people to start speaking up for animals! It’s so important to get active if you are vegan because not only do you not contribute to the violence, but you’re actively putting a stop to it by speaking up. Along with animal rights activism, I also make posts about the environment, women/human rights, and smoothie bowls.
My future plans would ideally be to become a full time activist. Activism is something I’m super passionate about and I’ve always worked hardest on things I’m passionate about as I’ve never been motivated by money. Some activists that I admire and that inspired me to start are: Joey Carbstrong, That Vegan Couple, and Earthling Ed. Currently new activists that I’ve found that are inspiring to me: Hudson Tarlow, Pinar (@peacefullypinar), and my best friend Marika.
I just recently quit my full time job as it was a very toxic environment, but I still work part time - I’m a dance teacher! I absolutely love working with children and every once and in a while veganism enters the conversation! Children are super curious about it too! Since it’s just a job for me right now and not a career, it’s fairly easy for me to balance it with activism. Dance during the week, irl activism on the weekend, and social media activism everyday. Sometimes doing activism can be very draining, physically and emotionally, but through doing activism I’ve made so many amazing friendships, at this point they’re family to me, so when I get overwhelmed, talking or hanging out with them helps me so much. If you’re a vegan but not yet an activist, it can feel very isolating at times, family and friends can be harsh and not understand you. But, by joint activist groups, you meet so many like minded people, it’s truly one of the best ways that I’ve found to help you feel like you’re not alone and that we can actually achieve a vegan world!!