Dear Community Partner,
This past Saturday, July 16th, the BEETs (Band of Environmentally Educated and Employable Teens) hosted youth from around the Bay Area for a day of learning and collaboration at Alemany Farm. We are incredibly proud and impressed with our current BEET cohort for helping plan and execute this momentous day! Thanks to your support, youth with little to no access to safe, outdoor spaces, who have limited access to fresh, local produce are now becoming leaders in their communities!
Our effective BEETS program gives low-income, diverse teens the skills and support to succeed. As BEETS (our name for participants), they learn job skills in a supportive, learning environment. In the program, youth set and achieve their own personal, professional and educational goals. Like our acclaimed programs for younger children, BEETS is rooted (pun intended!) in community gardens, most located in the public housing projects where many participating youth live. By working in the gardens, BEETS learn punctuality, time-management, organizational, leadership, and communications skills, which are critical for landing and keeping part- and full-time employment.
Since launching BEETS in 2008, we have helped more than 200 teens lead healthier lives and prepare to enter the workforce. Of these participants the majority have gone on to graduate high school, enroll in college and secure employment and internships. Most BEETS alums have gone on to graduate high school, and dozens have enrolled in colleges, including Columbia University, Langston University, Skyline College, and City College of San Francisco. BEETS alumni have also secured employment and internships at businesses and organizations throughout the Bay Area, such as Conservation Corps; New Door Ventures; the San Francisco Recreation and Park Department; and the Department of Children, Youth and Families. Two of our BEETS graduates are now employed by CommunityGrows as Assistant Educators at Rosa Parks Elementary School
We’re making some exciting changes to the BEETS program this year – extending the session length and thereby deepening our engagement with participating teens. Your help is needed now so we can best serve next session’s youth. Take an important step. Please donate today!
With love and gratitude,
Barbara and the CommunityGrows Team