Bayview youth green the streets through City Garden
Photo(s) by Sean Posey
By Pat Murphy
August 10, 2006
Bayview youth at risk for ending up dead or in jail came face-to-face
with the mayor Wednesday praising a two-year-old City job skills
The Garden Project originally drew ex-offenders aged 18 through
24-years-old into street gardening, as developed by Catherine
Snead of the San Francisco Sheriff's Department.
Two years ago the Board of Supervisors and Mayor's Office joined
in expanding the program through community recruitment overseen
by the San Francisco Public Utilities Department.
Harlan Kelly, left, first studied a similar program operated by
Catherine Snead for ten years and incorporated its expansion into
broader City services. Kelly serves as PUC assistant general manager
Newsom visited one gardening team at work on a waste water project
near Third and Arthur Streets.
One 19-year-old woman who raised her younger brother on her own
since she was 13 said the program enabled them to survive.
"This helped me out a lot too because both me and my brother
are both in our home and both of our parents are deceased,"
Chastity Henderson told the mayor.
She said she raised herself after death of both parents.
"It was basically myself.
"It was too much juggling around with my aunt so friends,
family. It was just too juggling around.
"I wanted to at least stay here until he graduated and then
do what I wanted to do."
Seventeen-year-old Robert Raney had been the random victim of
a drive-by shooting on Third Street while on his way to school.
"I attend John Adams," Raney explained, "I was
shot on my left."
Participants attend classes at New College and job placement
is provided by the City following program completion.