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Published July 3rd 2014
VGen Short for Vision Generation is World Vision's youth movement. When in public, participating in an action or attending events for their causes they are instantly noticeable as all VGenners sport bright orange tops. The aim of VGen is to advocate for issues surrounding poverty, such as child slavery.
VGen gives young people a voice to raise their concerns about global poverty. Youth have a chance to be serious game players in the prevention and ending of global poverty and injustice. To be involved in the VGen movement you must be between the ages of 15 to 25. There are many VGen groups at schools including at Glenunga International High School, Mitcham Girls High School, Brighton Secondary College, Concordia College, and Grant High School in Mount Gambier. If you attend a school with no VGen group you are very welcome to contact VGen through their website and start your own. All three South Australian universities operate a club. Even if you are not studying at this current time but would like to be involved there is a spot at VGen for you. VGen is showing the world that young people have a voice to stand up and fight against poverty and social injustice.
There are fantastic volunteering opportunities at VGen, with various campaigns. 40 Hour Famine is happening from Friday the 15th to Saturday the 16th of August and is a well-known fundraiser of World Vision. VGenners enjoy participating in 40 Hour Famine, volunteering their time and creating events.
The FreeTo campaign is promoting the right for every child to grow, learn and play. This movement is encouraging everyone to take some time when buying various products to ensure they are not made from child labour. The second phase in the FreeTo campaign is G20 advocacy on child labour. Training will be supplied so that all Vgenners have a voice about what governments can do to end child labour.
If you are interested in taking part and raising awareness but do not have the time to fully commit to VGen there are many upcoming events that the public are welcome to join. These include the University of Adelaide's ethical pub-crawl, 40 hour famine activities and ethical coffee catch-ups. For more information follow the links below for the website and Facebook page.