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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 


What You Give, What We Gain

August 02, 2016

By Laura Welch, Braven Volunteer and Talent and Diversity Manager at Citi You have ten weeks (or maybe eleven or twelve if you are lucky!) during an internship to prove that you possess the scrappiness, smarts, leadership skills, and ingenuity to earn yourself a full-time position at one of our nation’s top employers. How do […]

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Setback, Step Forward

July 12, 2016

Over the coming months, we will feature two Fellows in our summer internship series. They will share what they’re learning on the job and how they’re applying what they’ve learned through Braven. Our second blogger is Salonia Burt, a Rutgers University — Newark Fellow who is working at Viacom.  By Salonia Burt | Rutgers University—Newark Fellow and […]

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Let’s Get Digital

July 06, 2016

The most memorable part of training was hearing the stories and life experiences of the other directors. Two of the most significant lessons I took away from training was that I should feel more comfortable letting my passions guide my professional work, and that I have a amazing support system of individuals all over North America to seek advice from regarding my work this summer as well as my personal endeavors afterwards.

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The Atypical Engineer

June 30, 2016

Initially, I had applied to Braven in hopes to learn how to market myself in a way that would promote professionalism and help me fit in with my peers, essentially ridding myself of a majority of the things that make me who I am. Fortunately, it wouldn’t be long until I was introduced to a core value of Braven: recognizing and accepting one’s story of self. In other words: own who you are!

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