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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 


Yay I graduated…Now What??

May 23, 2017

As almost 100 Fellows graduate from San José State University and Rutgers University-Newark, one of our Leadership Coaches, David Arteaga, provides them with advice on how to face the world post graduation. David is a Rutgers University-Newark Leadership Coach. He currently works at Cargill and graduated from Macaulay Honors College at Hunter College. After years […]

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Reflecting on the intersection of my identity and career interests as I approach college graduation

May 16, 2017

Sae-Young Bak, a Rutgers University-Newark Braven Fellow, shares how she explored her personal identity and came to embrace her Korean roots through her Braven experience. Congratulations to Sae-Young and our other Rutgers  University-Newark Fellows who graduate tomorrow! I was scared, timid, and a bit speechless. I went into ESL on the first day of kindergarten. Even though […]

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The Braven Course: Taking a Class at Google

May 09, 2017

San José State University Fellow, Kris Torres, shares what it is like to take the Braven course on Google’s Sunnyvale campus. WHEN DID YOU FIRST HEAR ABOUT GOOGLE? My first contact with Google was at their New York headquarters where I visited for a business conference at the age of sixteen. Let me tell you […]

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Learning Team Dynamics at Hackathon

May 02, 2017

Ajani Compton, a Rutgers University-Newark Fellow, shares about Hackathon at the College Board. My cohort (#OHANA) had the chance to really begin building our relationship at Braven’s Storytelling as Leadership Workshop. Truthfully, I was a bit pessimistic at the beginning of this event, because I thought it was going to be “corny.” However, my mind […]

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