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: 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.


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 Amanda Leibenhaut at 510-667-7628 or or fill out this contact form.

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:

  • 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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