The Band of Environmentally Educated and Employable Teens is a paid internship and hands-on learning experience in which youth gain job skills through learning about environmental justice and gardening with a small group of peers.
Serving youth of color and low income youth ages 14-19, the BEETs Program meets in the Western Addition and holds sessions both indoors in our classroom, and outdoors in our learning gardens. Youth are compensated with a pay increase available if they choose to return as a Leadership Crew member the following year.
Read our program description here: TBD
"Since my time coordinating the program, I've been focused on bringing in a strong environmental justice and climate justice lens to everything the students learn"
—B, BEETs Educator
“It's not that we're necessarily all going to become environmental lawyers, but that we are going to take the values that we learn here and apply it to whatever career we choose”
—Ahlaya, BEETs Leadership Crew, 2019/2020 school year
April 11th and 13th
- Dr. Amber McZeal Bio
- Resources from Dr. McZeal
- The Triangle Trade and the Colonial Table: Sugar, Tea, and Slavery
- From the 1619 Project: Before Cotton, Sugar established American Reliance on Slavery
- “The sugar that saturates the American diet has a barbaric history as the ‘white gold’ that fueled slavery”
- 1619 Project Curriculum Resources (by grade)
- How Banks Made Money from Slavery: Empires of Dirt