(Band of Environmentally-Educated and Employable Teens)
Year Established: 2008
GOAL: TO SUCCESSFULLY TRANSITION YOUTH INTO ADULTHOOD, TO DEVELOP JOB READINESS SKILLS FOR THE WORKFORCE IN THE GARDENING AND ENVIRONMENTAL EDUCATION FIELDS.
- Provides four-month internships for youth ages 15-19 years old, the majority of whom live in the Western Addition
- Offers youth an opportunity to gain experience in designing, building and maintaining gardens and in teaching garden classes to younger children
- Takes youth on field trips to job training and career development workshops
- To date, BEETS have built gardens at Hayward Rec Center, Western Community Services and the African American Arts and Cultural Center
Want to apply to become a BEET? Email Melissa for information on the next application deadline.
of BEETS surveyed said the program has made them more aware of environmental issues facing their community
of BEETS reported significant improvement in setting goals for their future
Mentor youth as they discover isopods, saute fresh leeks, and write their first resume. Become a volunteer now!