Category Archives: After-School Program

IMG_4697 2018 Recap: Summer in the Gardens

August 12th, 2018

"I want to be kind and protect all of the creatures in the garden! I love creatures!" -- a student who affectionately referred to all insects in the garden as "creatures" and who may, one day, be an entomologist. Fun in the Sun CommunityGrows had a wonderful summer! We enjoyed working with youth from partner programs including the … Continue reading 2018 Recap: Summer in the Gardens

Tags: , , , , Buchanan YMCA, Hawyard Rec Connect, Magic Zone, Partners, The Village Project, Uncategorized, Up on Top, Western Addition Beacon, Willie Mays Boys and Girls Club

#GivingTuesday Social Media Card Today Is #GivingTuesday

November 28th, 2017

We’ve had the privilege of serving the Western Addition and Hayes Valley neighborhoods for 23 years. Today we ask you to support the right of low-income youth and youth of color in San Francisco to learn from and enjoy the environment!

Tags: , African American Arts & Culture Complex, After-School Program, BEETS, Buchanan Mall, CommunityGrows Organization, Cooking Class, Environmental Education, Gardens, Hayward Recreation Center, John Muir Elementary School, Koshland Garden, Koshland Park, Peace Wall, Rosa Parks Elementary School

IMG_2005 Western Addition Beacon Afterschool in Koshland Garden

October 19th, 2017

The after-school class of the Western Addition Beacon kids arrived in Koshland Garden full of enthusiasm to be outdoors. CommunityGrows Gardens Program Manager, Adrian Almquist, corralled the mostly kindergarten and first graders together to start a lesson on the what plants need to survive. Dirt… water… sun… and air.

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IMG_0383 After School with Ella Hill

May 25th, 2017

On Friday May 12, 2017 the afternoon garden program at Ella Hill Hutch got into full swing. Led by CommunityGrows Garden Programs Manager Adrian Almquist, the youth read stories and played some games about fruits and vegetables. Then out to the garden to water and check out how things were growing. Visitors from the Episcopal … Continue reading After School with Ella Hill

Tags: , , , , After-School Program, Ella Hill Hutch Community Center, Environmental Education, Magic Zone

7.15.16-Hayward-Carnival_IMG_6844 BEETS work the Hayward Rec Carnival

July 17th, 2016

On Friday, July 15, 2016 CommunityGrows BEETS (Band of Environmentally Educated and Employable Teens) joined other neighborhood partners to celebrate the Hayward Rec Connect Carnival, sponsored by the Buchanan YMCA. Kids got to enjoy being outdoors, dancing, hanging out with friends and also learn about water conservation. They played a game answering questions about why … Continue reading BEETS work the Hayward Rec Carnival

Tags: , , BEETS, Hawyard Rec Connect, Hayward Recreation Center, Water Conservation Day

7.7.16-GGF-HRec_135053_1468004727432 Trips to Green Gulch Farm

July 16th, 2016

On June 23rd and July 7th CommunityGrows took their summer partners and youth to Green Gulch Farm. On June 23rd the Village Project and the Buchanan YMCA and on July 7th Hayward Rec Connect and Booker T. Washington youth got to go to Green Gulch thanks to CommunityGrows. Some of the highlights were eating Sorrel … Continue reading Trips to Green Gulch Farm

Tags: , , Booker T. Washington Community Center, Buchanan YMCA, Field Trip, Green Gulch Farm, Hawyard Rec Connect, Hayward Recreation Center, Summer Science, The Village Project

5.13.16-KP-BBQ_IMG_6728 End of School BBQ

May 15th, 2016

On Friday afternoon May 13, 2016 from 4-6 PM students and CommunityGrows partners came out for a great BBQ in Koshland Garden. Teachers from John Muir Elementary School joined parents from Rosa Parks Elementary School, along with Magic Zone and Western Addition Beacon kids for hot dogs, salads, chips, watermelon and cookies to celebrate the … Continue reading End of School BBQ

Tags: , , After-School Program, BBQ, John Muir Elementary School, Koshland Garden, Magic Zone, Rosa Parks Elementary School, Western Addition Beacon

IMG_6325 Vegetarian Tacos at Hayward Rec Connect

May 1st, 2016

On Monday, April 18, 2016 the kids at Hayward Rec Connect after-school made delicious Vegetarian Tacos. The students learned about the beauty of vegetables when slicing into a beet, and the healthy benefits of combining foods, like beans, rice and salsa with other vegetables like zucchini, tomatoes, peppers, and spinach, to name a few. After … Continue reading Vegetarian Tacos at Hayward Rec Connect

Tags: , , , After School, BEETS, Cooking Class, Hawyard Rec Connect

IMG_5778 Afterschool with Rosa Park ExCEL

March 9th, 2016

On February 29, 2016 Tierra Morgan, assistant with the after-school Rosa Parks ExCEL group from the Buchanan YMCA, brought her youth to Rosa Parks Garden for their weekly after-school garden class. CommunityGrows Assistant Garden Educator Cha’Shay Woldridge started the class by talking about the stages of development from seed to flower, and pollination. Two of our … Continue reading Afterschool with Rosa Park ExCEL

Tags: , , , After School, After-School Program, Rosa Parks Elementary School, Rosa Parks Elementary School, Rosa Parks ExCEL

IMG_0069 Tortilla Epanola and Arepas at Willie Mays Clubhouse

January 27th, 2016

Crystal Jones, our new Seed-tp-Mouth Cooking Coordinator is already making a big impact at Willie Mays Clubhouse in the Bayview Hunters Point neighborhood. Here is Crystal’s report: The teens enjoyed making the Torilla Epanola recipe very much last week. So much so that they ended up making another so everyone could have seconds, after they all finished off … Continue reading Tortilla Epanola and Arepas at Willie Mays Clubhouse

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