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The Braven Accelerator empowers promising young people on their path to college graduation and strong first jobs. We believe that our next generation of leaders will emerge from everywhere, so we take a particular interest in ensuring our talent network is filled with people from underrepresented backgrounds. To do so, Braven partners with educational institutions, volunteer professionals, and employers to offer a rigorous and relevant career readiness course, followed by robust campus-based alumni programming. The course is targeted as a part of the sophomore or transfer junior experience. From The Braven Accelerator will come a generation of leaders as diverse as our future demands.


Our Impact


Program Satisfaction

73% Fellows agreed or strongly agreed that Braven greatly increased their chances of getting their desired job after graduation



88% of our leadership coaches would professionally endorse their Fellows to their own networks of friends and colleagues



87% of Fellows are interested in continuing in some way with Braven when they return to campus for the 2015-16 school year

*Our Impact Figures reflect our 2014-2015 school year results.

“Being that I am the first in my family to make it this far educationally, I am proud of myself for acquiring leadership skills. Braven has truly shaped me for the better.”

Keisha Baxter
Braven Fellow '15 

“I’ve had to figure out a lot on my own. While I excel in school, it’s harder for me to build my resume and network. I’ve benefitted greatly from having someone guide me.”

Cris Garcia
Braven Fellow '15 

“My Fellows came out of this experience feeling confident in their unique leadership styles and are committed to leading authentically. They want to mentor other young people themselves as they feel it is important to pay it forward.”

Sumin Lee
Leadership Coach ’14 


Kaitlyn Iglesias Reflects on Her Internship Experience

July 11, 2017

Kaitlyn Iglesias reflects on her internship interview process as well as her time at a large accounting firm.

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3 Things I Learned at the Braven Bay Area Hackathon at LinkedIn

June 22, 2017

By Suzette Sandoval, 1. Trust I walked into LinkedIn excited to complete my first Hackathon. After I checked-in and sat at my designated table, I glanced over and recognized one familiar face. I quickly realized I would be critically thinking with a team of strangers for the next 8 hours. LinkedIn gave us a […]

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Being Braven- From Fellow to Post-Accelerator Fellow

June 13, 2017

Daniel Edelman recently graduated from San Jose State University where he studied Psychology. He is also a Braven Fall ‘16 Fellow. While enrolled in the Braven Accelerator, his team won 1st place in the Capstone Challenge. As a Post-Accelerator Fellow, he led his team to tie for 1st place in the Braven Hackathon at LinkedIn. He is currently seeking opportunities in project management. Below he shares his Braven experience as a Fellow and a Post-Accelerator Fellow.

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Alison Reflects on Why She Became A Leadership Coach

June 06, 2017

Alison is an Infrastructure Data Center Recruiter at Facebook, San Jose State University alumnae, Bay Area native and passionate people connector. As a Leadership Coach for the Spring ’17 semester, we asked her to share how her personal, academic and professional experiences led her to her dream job and why she decided to coach diverse college students through Braven.

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