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Active for Animals – Youth Group

Active for Animals – Youth Group

Active for Animals is our youth group for vegetarian, vegan and other young people who care about and want to help animals.

Aims of the group

  • have fun;
  • meet like-minded young people and make friends;
  • learn how to cook some great vegan dishes;
  • play games/watch movies, and
  • help animals by fundraising, writing letters, making banners, etc.

Watch the Short Film our Auckland group made for the 2015 Short Film Competition 🙂

Active for Animals youth group - ShannonSafety

We take the safety of our members very seriously. For your peace of mind, all our facilitators have been police checked.  Our members sign in to a record book at the start of the session and the book contains a list of parent/guardian contact numbers in case of emergency.

For more information, email us.


Our members range in age from 8 to 13 years. The group meets monthly on the first Tuesday evening of the month, from 6.30 to 8.00pm. Meetings are held at Mt Albert Community & Leisure Centre (YMCA), 773 New North Road, Mount Albert.

The cost per session is $7 ($5 for NZ Vegetarian Society members) to be paid at the start of each night. This includes the cost of ingredients when we run cooking sessions.

We also do occasional trips, which are held either during the school holidays or on the weekend.

Enrol in the Auckland Youth Group here

While we prefer enrolments to be done in advance, so that we can cater for everyone, you can enrol on the night.

Madeleine Bella – Facilitator

Madeleine has been working in animal rights and with children for almost 13 years and currently works as a primary school teacher in Mount Eden. She loves globetrotting, poetry, hiking, biking, and kombucha brewing. She co-ran A4A with Amanda in early 2017 and late 2018 and is excited to be leading solo this year.


Members – have your say:

  • Tell us why being a veggie is important to you;
  • Send us a photo of your favourite animal;
  • Tell your story of how you went veggie;
  • Submit a burning question about veggie living that you’d like to get answered;
  • If you’ve been getting active for animals, write us a report. It could be anything from telling your friends the truth about farming, to cooking veggie meals at home, to organising an event at your school. You might even encourage others to get active as well.

Tell us here – we’ll discuss it at the next meeting and might even publish your story!

Active for Animals Recipes

Try some of these out!

Active for Animals youth group at Matakana Animal Sanctuary

The Hunt  – poem by an early Active for Animals Member

Dead quiet, nothing but the ferns move

Barbed fences with their spikes puncturing the endless night skyline

A soft wind caresses the land with a sharp cool flow

The huntsman wades through knee high grass, death is but a game to him

Gun shots
Muffled thumps as rabbits’ limp bodies pummel the baked earth

– Mack
Active for Animals - Vegetarian Youth Group