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Santa Barbara Beekeepers Association
updated: Dec 08, 2012, 10:00 AM

Santa Barbara Beekeepers Association presents…Sweet Start!

A honey bee, without a colony, is doomed. So, too, is a teen without a sense of belonging. Our vision is to help at- risk youth by providing them with a "colony" of caring adults.

The vision of Sweet Start is to provide students with quality coaching and job training that will give them experience and confidence for a future career path. Those willing to make a commitment to themselves, the bees, and the community will receive pre-job training to apply for an internship through the Partners in Education Internship Program. Those selected will be matched with a S.B. Beekeeper Association mentor to learn the unique art of beekeeping.

Interns will work in teams to create a business and marketing plan, and will sell honey products at local farmers markets. All interns will be compensated for their training and work. Proceeds from the product sales will support Sweet Start interns in successive years. Sweet Start graduates will be offered continued support through a business startup stipend and career mentoring.

With a recent Grant Commitment from the Fund for Santa Barbara, matching funds from Santa Barbara Beekeepers Association and the support of Dr. David E. Cash, S.B. Unified School District Superintendent, our vision will now be realized with the selection of the first five students/trainees from La Cuesta Continuation High School to enroll in this program beginning in December, 2012.

Click here to read the Urban Hiker's report of SBBA rescuing some local bees.


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