Beyond Emancipation

Workforce Pathways

Workforce Pathways Program

The Workforce Pathways Program is an opportunity for young adults to increase their professional skills through an internship with a local social enterprise, business, or nonprofit setting. Download Fact Sheet


Our current Workforce Pathways employer partners include: Communite Table  , Communities United for Restorative Youth Justice , Livie and Luca , Mamacita’s Café , Mandela Marketplace , Minuteman Press Oakland , Mr. Sparkle Window Washers,  Oaklandish,  OCHO Candy ,  Phat Beets , Sprouts Cooking ClubSuper JuicedReem’s California  , Red Bay Coffee ,  Tender Greens  , Town Kitchen , Waterside Workshops and  Whole Foods Market. 

Participants can contact Amanda Leibenhaut at 510-667-7628 or with questions and to discuss eligibility.


Workforce Pathways provides participants with on-the-job experience, exposure to career possibilities, and time to reflect on personal short and long-term goals while building the self-awareness, networks, and skills needed to pursue those goals.

Hire a Workforce Pathways Participant: If your business would like to partner with B:E to host a future participant, please contact Amanda Leibenhaut at 510-667-7628 or or fill out this contact form.

Program Goals

Through Workforce Pathways, we seek to:

  • Place up to 15 transition age youth ages 18-24 in subsidized jobs leading to long term employment
  • Implement a workforce development model that is informed by employer perspective/needs and based on coaching techniques and principles
  • Provide employer-informed professional development and soft-skill training to increase job retention and success

Program Overview

Applying best practices from workforce development, youth development, and coaching research, the program design includes the following key elements:

  • Professional development workshops tailored to practicing skills our employer partners have identified as critical to employee success
  • Regular one-on-one coaching to empower participants to determine their own personal and professional paths
  • Scaffolded work experience that meets participants where they are, and pushes them to achieve even more
  • Wraparound support for each participant to address their basic needs, such as housing, childcare, and transportation

Workforce Pathways is currently funded by Oakland Unite.

With generous funding from REDF in 2015, B:E partnered with four Oakland-based social enterprises to launch the program: Mamacita’s Cafe, The Town Kitchen, Mandela Foods Co-Op, and Mandela Marketplace.

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