The BEETS (Band of Environmentally Educated and Employable Teens)
Year Established: 2008
GOAL: TO SUPPORT YOUTH AS THEY TRANSITION INTO ADULTHOOD BY DEVELOPING JOB READINESS, LIFE SKILLS, AND ECOLITERACY.
- A two- or seven-month stipended program for low-income and youth of color ages 14-25 years old, the majority of whom live in subsidized housing.
- BEETS is an opportunity for youth to earn a stipend as they learn, experience nature, explore issues of food equity and environmental justice, and increase their personal well-being and that of their own neighborhood and community. The stipend is a key incentive in reaching underserved youth who might not have participated otherwise.
- 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.
- Since 2008, nearly 200 teens from low-income backgrounds have graduated from BEETS, and 85% went on to graduate from high school, enroll in college, or secured employment and internships. BEETS alumni have attended Columbia University, Langston University, Skyline College, and City College of San Francisco, and have secured jobs and internships at over a dozen companies and organizations, including CommunityGrows.
Do you love supporting young people as they grow, learn, and thrive? Do you enjoy spending time with teenagers, appreciating their point of view, and listening to their ideas? Then become a BEETS program volunteer today!
Are you a teen aged 14-19 or young adult 19-25? Need a job? Want to spend time outdoors and learn to cook delicious food?
Become a BEET!
Barry (2016-17 BEET) filmed, edited, and produced this video!
of BEETS surveyed said the program has made them more aware of environmental issues facing their community