Our mission is to support young people as they imagine and create their own life beyond foster care.
Consider the Facts
Each year, nearly 5,000 foster youth in California emancipate from the foster care system. In Alameda County between 300-400 youth leave foster care annually. With little education, few job skills, and often physical and mental health concerns, Alameda County’s emancipated youth are at very high risk for homelessness, substance abuse, unintended pregnancy, and incarceration.
Up to 50% of foster youth will experience homelessness at some point after leaving the system.
Over 69% of youth leaving care become involved in the criminal justice system
47% of youth leaving care are unable to obtain and maintain employment.
There are many ways you can help us provide services and programs to help former foster youth succeed.Get Involved
Meet the Youth
Each year, B:E provides services and support to over 500 current and former foster youth in Alameda County. We invite you to meet few of them: young men and women who have risen above the significant challenges of life in foster care and begun to build lives full of possibilities. Read their stories here!
Keep in Touch!
We sincerely thank all of our supporters and partners. You help us provide critically-needed supportive programs and services to over 500 Alameda County foster youth each year. We couldn’t do it without you! Read more about our partners here!
Believing in a young person can make all the difference. Every one of us can contribute to the quality and health of our communities by supporting young people from foster care as they become adults. Make a difference in young people's lives.