The BEETs (Band of Environmentally Educated and Employable Teens) program at CommunityGrows is led by Kunal Palawat, who describes themselves as a Desi gardener, critical environmental justice researcher, and cook. They bring multiple years of experiential education, community organizing, and scientific research experience to CommunityGrows. More than that though, they bring and share their passion for the land that is contagious and inspiring. And it all started with a love for food and soil.
From a Seed to a Community
I joined BEETs on a reference by my teacher. I joined for the sole reason on how they interacted with nature. It was something I had grown interested in, something I wanted to explore. Nature was depleting every single day, and my anxiety over climate change had really pushed me to the job.
A Conversation with our BEETs Leadership Crew
On a sunny December afternoon, I sat down at my computer to have a discussion via Zoom with the spirited Band of...
We’re hiring BEETs!
The BEETs Program is now accepting applications for the 2020-2021 school year! The BEETs Program is a paid internship for teens ages 14-19, which focuses on environmental...
Congratulations, BEETS class of 2018-19!
This summer we’re partnering with Opportunities for All!
We're excited to announce that this summer our BEETS Program will be participating in Mayor Breed's Opportunities for All initiative!
We're partnering with Magic Zone to offer teens up...
Celebrating Earth Day!
On April 22nd, the BEETS hosted an Earth Day Celebration on the Buchanan Mall. The event featured healthy yogurt parfait snacks, a scavenger hunt, an...
2019 Youth BEETS and YAX Build a Mediation Pavilion
Thanks to support from the San Francisco Arts Commission, our BEETS and teens from YAX (Youth Art Exchange) collaborated with the Advanced Architecture Firm students to design...
Join the BEETS 2019 Summer Session! Apply Today!
Are you or someone you know 15–19 years old and looking for an awesome way to spend your summer AND get paid?
Neighborhood Love Day!
This Valentine’s Day, CommunityGrows joined the February festivities with a Neighborhood Love Day celebration! Hosted by the BEETS, students from partner programs and people from the...