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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 


Engineering the future

February 24, 2017

Meet Antoinette Martin, a Junior studying Computer Engineering at SJSU. Antoinette is an engineer because she “likes a challenge of finishing something difficult.” However, maybe unexpectedly, Antoinette’s #sidehustle has little to do with her academic major; she is becoming a self-made model. Her Instagram has over 1,000 followers! As a self-made model, she dedicates about […]

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Making my Story, Living my Dream

February 23, 2017

Meet Carmen Patino! An SJSU Junior majoring in Communication Studies and minoring in Creative Writing. When Carmen first started college, her community college professors encouraged her to write her own blog as a platform to use her voice. Following that advice, she decided to kick off her #sidehustle by writing her blog: The Resilient Chick. […]

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Say What?

February 22, 2017

Meet Gabe Golden, a Linguistics major at San Jose State University. Entering your senior year of college should be relatively relaxed, but Gabe’s is anything but chill. Gabe’s #sidehustle is to learn multiple languages and he is using his senior year to build on that knowledge. “I know Japanese, German, French, Italian, and English to […]

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#Sidehustle series: Find a way and never give up

February 21, 2017

Asia Robinson is an ambitious third year studying Psychology at San Jose State University. She enjoys cooking, reading, and spoken word poetry. In addition to her creative hobbies, Asia’s #sidehustle is competitive Judo! She is currently fighting for her spot in the national 2020 Judo Olympics! Once selected, she will compete in tournaments held across […]

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