Furthering their initiative to shape youth development in Boston, Beat the Streets Boston ( BYW ) is engaging their student-athletes in entrepreneurial work, so that they can give back to their community. Every year, they have planted and maintained a garden in Roxbury, Massachusetts. In addition to this location, this group started another garden right at their office to enhance their personal sustainability efforts. Gardening is a commitment, so members will learn to adequately weed, water, and harvest produce.
Their harvest includes; strawberries, jalapeños, bell peppers, cocina peppers, tomatoes, tomatillos, onions, peperoncinos, red cabbage, broccoli, beets, pumpkins, and a lot of herbs.
As the world is rising to combat a global pandemic, these efforts have extended directly to reach community members. They are instilling a passion in their student-athletes to serve those in need through their hard work. With their harvest of crops, members will learn to develop and execute a plan to provide those individuals with their abundance of fresh fruits and vegetables.
Quarantine has affected us all and contributed to food scarcity concerns. Therefore, Beat the Streets Boston has been serving as a meal distribution site for student-athletes and their families. Similarly, they have aided other locations they partner with to support their community needs.