During this time of crisis, B:E continues to be here for our youth.
Young people need us more than ever, and with your support we are responding:
Our coaches have gone virtual. Since the shelter in place mandate went into effect on Tuesday, March 17th, our coaches have reached out to over 500 clients through texting, phone and video calls. We are working with our high school and college students to ensure they have the technology, knowledge and support they need to maintain their academics. For youth who need help obtaining food, housing, and other essentials, we are connecting them with resources in the community.
Our Community Houses remain staffed. Dedicated coaches are providing support for youth and children in our housing program. To help residents maintain their physical and mental health, coaches are educating residents on COVID-19, modeling appropriate behavior, and empowering youth to stay informed and make healthy choices during this stressful and isolating time.
B:E’s East Oakland Drop-In Center is available. Youth can connect with our virtual drop-in center during work hours (call 510-667-7694 Monday-Friday, 8:30am to 4:30pm) to access resources, pick up emergency supplies, and get the support they need. We are also updating our Resources page daily.
Our work is rooted in the power of people helping people. We won’t let the lack of face-to-face contact stop us from supporting our young people. While in-person workshops and events have been postponed, we are developing remote programming to keep youth connected with each other and B:E.
You can help, and together, we will get through this crisis, with solidarity and strength.