Beyond Emancipation

Backpack Drive

Every year B:E collects backpacks filled with school supplies for students in our programs. The collection begins in June and lasts through August.

We ask that all donations be new and in sturdy condition to serve a student through the entire school year.

When and where can I drop off backpacks?

Backpacks can be dropped off at our office (address in footer), weekdays between 9am-5pm. To schedule a drop off outside of these hours, please contact Julia Lakes at (510) 667-7635 or

How else can I get involved?

Run a backpack drive at your business, church or in your neighborhood! Simply ask your coworkers/friends to bring in backpacks and supplies, and then drop them off at B:E. You can also make a monetary donation to sponsor a backpack. Give now!

What school supplies should I buy?

Students need a variety of supplies to be successful in school. Below is a list per student.

High school / college backpack list
1 Backpack
1 pencil pouch
1 pack blue or black pens
1 pack mechanical pencils
2 highlighters
2 sharpie permanent markers
1 eraser
1 three ring binder
1 pack graph paper
1 pack subject dividers
1 pack index cards
3 pocket folders
1 pack college rule loose leaf paper pack
4 spiral note books
2 glue sticks
1 post it notes
1 white-out
1 protractor / ruler
1 scissors
1 ruler
1 hand sanitizer

Download a printable shopping list

Download a flyer

Thank you for helping young people start off the school year prepared!  Your contributions go directly to young people, and the value of your donation is tax-deductible.

For more information, please contact Julia Lakes at (510) 667-7635 or

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