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Beyond Emancipation is Alameda County's primary provider of services for former foster youth.

Since our inception in 1996, we have grown from a small auxiliary of the County's Independent Living Skills Program to an independent nonprofit organization serving nearly 500 youth each year.

B:E provides a range of supportive programs designed to help former foster youth overcome their challenges, mitigate risks, and make healthy, successful transitions to adulthood and independent living.

Our work is supported by contracts with the County Social Services Agency, corporate and foundation partners, and generous individual donors.


The Independent Charities Seal of Excellence is awarded to the members of Independent Charities of America and Local Independent Charities of America that have, upon rigorous independent review, been able to certify, document, and demonstrate on an annual basis that they meet the highest standards of public accountability, program effectiveness, and cost effectiveness.

These standards include those required by the US Government for inclusion in the Combined Federal Campaign, probably the most exclusive fund drive in the world.

Of the 1,000,000 charities operating in the United States today, it is estimated that fewer than 50,000, or 5 percent, meet or exceed these standards, and, of those, fewer than 2,000 have been awarded this Seal.

"You have to want it for yourself. You just have to be focused and keep your mind to it and B:E will help you on the way."


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