Beyond Emancipation

About Beyond Emancipation (B:E)

B:E offers a range of services to support current and former foster youth in their transition to living as independent adults.

B:E is Alameda County’s primary provider of services for former foster youth.

WordCloud2Since our inception in 1995, we have grown from a small auxiliary of the County’s Independent Living Skills Program to an independent nonprofit organization serving nearly 500 youth each year.

B:E provides a range of supportive programs designed to help former foster and probation youth overcome their challenges, mitigate risks, and make healthy, successful transitions to adulthood and independent living.

Our work is supported by contracts with Alameda County Social Services Agency, corporate and foundation partners, and generous individual donors.


The Independent Charities Seal of Excellence is awarded to the members of Independent Charities of America and Local Independent Charities of America that have, upon rigorous independent review, been able to certify, document, and demonstrate on an annual basis that they meet the highest standards of public accountability, program effectiveness, and cost effectiveness.

These standards include those required by the US Government for inclusion in the Combined Federal Campaign, probably the most exclusive fund drive in the world.

Of the 1,000,000 charities operating in the United States today, it is estimated that fewer than 50,000, or 5 percent, meet or exceed these standards, and, of those, fewer than 2,000 have been awarded this Seal.


Our Mission

B:E’s mission is to support young people as they imagine and create their own life beyond foster care.


Our Vision

We envision a more equitable world where all young people with experience in foster care thrive as adults.


Our Values

YOUTH-CENTERED: We put youth first.
We center youth in everything we do, engaging them as leaders in our work and supporting them to create a life of their choosing. 

EQUITY: We are committed to leveling the playing field.
We do our part to address inequity: being inclusive, speaking up, and providing equitable opportunities for all.  

TRANSFORMATION: We are agents of change.
Our innovative coaching model empowers people to transform themselves and the community around them.  

COMMUNITY: We are in this together.
We cultivate relationships and interdependence, knowing that together we can do more than we ever could alone. 

CONTINUOUS LEARNING: We strive for excellence.
We are always evolving – listening, adapting, and improving – in service of youth 


Our Theory of Change