Beyond Emancipation



The ELEVATE 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 ELEVATE employer partners include Mr. Sparkle Window WashersSuper JuicedCommunities United for Restorative Youth JusticeBig Family Movers, Waterside Workshops and more.

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ELEVATE 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 an ELEVATE Participant: If your business would like to partner with B:E to host a future participant, please contact Caitlin Grey at 510-667-7627 or or fill out this contact form. Learn more.

Program Goals

Through ELEVATE, 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:

  • Twice-monthly 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

ELEVATE 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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We provide space for youth to build capacity, expand possibilities and achieve success in five core areas: housing, education, employment, permanency and wellness. And with your support, we can accomplish much more.

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