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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 


Creating UniquedIn: The SJSU Hackathon at LinkedIn

April 18, 2017

Luis Cervantes Rodriguez, a current SJSU Fellow, shares his experience at the Hackathon sponsored by LinkedIn.   My experience at the Braven Bay Area Hackathon was both stressful and fun. The event was hosted at LinkedIn’s headquarters and provided the right setting for us to hit the ground running as we tackled our challenge problem. […]

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Creating a Vision Board

April 13, 2017

San José State University Fellow, Bellina Bui, shares her thoughts on how a vision board can help students navigate their career goals and create a professional career plan.  In this blog post, I will teach you how to make a vision board that will allow you to  live your legacy. This vision board will be a […]

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Career Advice from a Braven Fellow: Seven Things to Do to Help Land an Internship

April 04, 2017

Jamilah Hosan is a San José State University Fall 2016 Braven Fellow. She shares her tips on how to land an internship. Internships. Whether paid or unpaid, internships are a great way to expand upon your skillsets as a student and future working professional (look out, world!) Employers are looking for applicants like you to […]

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My Journey to Google

March 21, 2017

By Jalil Ahmad, Fall 2015 SJSU Fellow It’s Fall of 2015, and the Braven Accelerator Course is slowly coming to an end. Feeling extremely confident with the skills I acquired and the professional connections I made as a result of Braven, I decided to take a shot at my dream company and apply for Google’s […]

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