Yuri Mitzkewich: Fall 2014

Yuri Mitzkewich, VO’s Southeast Outreach Coordinator, has traveled to 60 different schools this semester, handing out more than 52,000 Vegan Outreach booklets!

Juliette Martin and Yuri Mitzkewich at Tampa Bay Veg Fest
Above are Juliette Martin and Yuri at the 5th Annual Tampa Bay Veg Fest.

The take rate tonight at the University of South Florida Sarasota-Manatee was good like I never had seen before, with me almost scoring my first 100% handoff night – all perfection but for one guy refusing a booklet. Most though were extremely friendly and curious, giving me a good feeling that most would at least be giving their Compassionate Choices a good read.

The highlight came near the end when I met April [shown below]. She told me it was a leaflet she’d gotten a few years back that got her to go vegan! A mom of two, she eventually got her husband on board, and now – from that one leaflet way back – her whole family’s veg! Such amazing feedback to hear – I won’t in a hundred years ever get tired of hearing people tell me that!

—Yuri Mitzkewich, 11/19/14

April at USFSM

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3 thoughts on “Yuri Mitzkewich: Fall 2014

  1. All of the folks at Vegan Outreach do phenomenal work, but Yuri is an amazing individual: experienced, gentle, fun, kind, educational, patient, smart, dedicated…I could go on. I worked alongside him last semester in awe as he performed his magic and I was amazed at his energy, positivity, and efficacy. He’s changed so many lives with his committed activism, mine included. You’ve got a gem here.

  2. I have alway been in awe of Yuri’s level of commitment. Before he had his car, he would travel for miles and miles via mass transit and his bike in order to reach out to hundreds of people and promote veganism. He is such a gentle soul with a very powerful message. Vegan Outreach is so lucky to have him.

  3. I worked with Yuri several times on South Florida campuses doing outreach. On his previous job, he would take his day off to do outreach work using public transport and his bike. He was an inspiration to me with his dedication and gentle demeanor. I wish the world was filled with Yuris; it would be heaven. I’m so glad to hear he is working with Vegan Outreach doing what he loves and Vegan Outreach is very lucky to have him 🙂

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