Beyond Emancipation

College Support (b2b)

The b2b community is a collaboration between EOPS, NextUp, and Beyond Emancipation (B:E). It supports probation placement and current/former foster youth to enter and be successful at the Peralta Colleges.  The program includes:

  • Coaching, case management, information and referrals
  • Support with financial aid applications and challenges
  • Academic counseling, education planning and support
  • Paid internship opportunities
  • Weekly skill-building and team-building workshops on campus

b2b Eligibility

  • Current or former foster youth or probation placement youth
  • Earned GED or high school diploma
  • Up to 25 years of age

For questions contact:

Shanina Shumate, b2b Senior Coordinator  – Berkeley City College & College of Alameda

Cell/Text: 510-301-0786  * Email:


Faith Onwusa, b2b Coordinator – Merritt College & Laney College

Call/Text: 510-407-2601 * Email:

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