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The BEETS
(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

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Want to apply to become a BEET?  Email Melissa for information on the next application deadline. 


100% 

of BEETS surveyed said the program has made them more aware of environmental issues facing their community

56% 

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!