for people ages 18-24 (full criteria)
Healthy Volunteers
healthy people welcome
at San Francisco, California
study started
completion around
Principal Investigator
by Sheri A Lippman, PhD
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Sheri A Lippman



The primary goal is to understand the potential impacts of Guaranteed Income (GI) on Black youth and young adults' financial, emotional, and physical well-being. The main question it aims to answer is: What are the impacts of GI on Black young adults' investments in their future, mental health and unmet mental and sexual/reproductive health service needs? Participants will receive guaranteed income for 12 months and will be offered enrollment in financial capability programs.

Official Title

Increasing Financial and Health Equity Among Low Income Black Youth and Young Adults


The BEEM project is a randomized controlled crossover trial in which 300 low-income Black Emerging Adults (BEA) (aged 18-24) are allocated to receive a $500/month Guaranteed Income (GI) either during the first twelve months of follow-up (phase I) or to receive GI in the second 12 months of a total of 24 months follow-up (phase II). All participants will be offered enrollment in financial capability programs (including peer learning circles and individual financial coaching) to bolster GI effectiveness and will also receive a periodic cell phone-based text messages to ensure that BEA with unmet health service needs receive referrals. The investigators hypothesize that this intervention will increase BEA's investment in their future (education, employment training), improve mental health (depression, anxiety), and reduce unmet mental health and sexual/reproductive health service needs.


Mental Health Wellness 1, Health Care Utilization, Financial Hardship, Education, Professional, Financial Stress, Guaranteed Income, Peer learning circles, Financial coaching, Cash now, Cash in a year


You can join if…

Open to people ages 18-24

  • Between 18-24 years of age at enrollment
  • Self-Identify as African American or Black
  • Live in a low-income housing tax credit (LIHTC) qualified census tract (QCT) in San Francisco or Oakland. Youth who are homeless or marginally housed in San Francisco and Oakland are also eligible; those who are marginally housed will need a letter from a youth agency that can affirm their marginal housing status.
  • Must not be currently enrolled in another GI project
  • Must have lived in the US for at least 3 years.
  • Must provide informed consent

You CAN'T join if...

  • Participation in another GI program at the time of enrollment
  • Lived in the United States for less than 3 years
  • Have plans to permanently leave the Bay Area
  • Being under the influence of alcohol or other substances at the time of enrollment.


  • UCSF
    San Francisco California 94143 United States

Lead Scientist at UCSF

  • Sheri A Lippman, PhD
    Professor, Medicine, School of Medicine. Authored (or co-authored) 129 research publications. Research interests: Community engagement/ community mobilization · Health Equity / Health Disparities · Multi-level intervention programs · Social intervention for HIV prevention · Implementation science · International (public health) - South Africa / Brazil


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