On Wednesday, May 15, our BEETS cohort culminated their 6-month internship with CommunityGrows with a graduation celebration! These teens were such an amazing team: they successfully planned and ran run three community-events in the Western Addition: Wreath and Card Making in partnership with Hayes Valley Art Works; Neighborhood Love Day in partnership with the Rosa Parks Senior Center and Earth Day on the Mall, where they created fun and informative booths for children from Rosa Parks ExCEL and Booker T. Washington after-school programs, as well as our neighbors and community members. This year they also partnered with teens from Youth Art Exchange to create mobile meditation stations that they can use in the garden to teach mindfulness and meditation to children and families.
The BEETS learned how to plant and tend a garden and connected with the environment by helping maintain the Buchanan Mall and Koshland Park and Learning Garden. They learned about environmental justice issues like lead in soil, access to safe green space and clean air. They also learned about the importance of taking care of our groundwater supply and the dangers of flooding. The BEETS learned about nutrition and food justice: they learned how to read nutrition labels, prepare nutritious snacks and meals, and how food deserts and racist food systems disadvantage low income communities and communities of color.
With special thanks to our funders
San Francisco Arts Commission
San Francisco Public Utilities Commission
San Francisco Department of Health