A Path to Impact

In 2013, CEO & Founder Aimée Eubanks Davis launched Braven, having identified the education-to-employment gap faced by some of our most promising young leaders.

During our first two years we piloted several programs in both the K-12 and higher education spaces. We had great success with college students, and decided that we should focus our programming on solving the education-to-employment gap in higher education. With a clear vision of impact we:

  • Launched our current college program in 2014 with our founding university partner San José State University.
  • Brought Braven to the East Coast in 2015 with a partnership with Rutgers University-Newark, the most diverse college in the United States.
  • Will now reach more than 1000 Fellows this school year and bring Braven to our founder’s hometown of Chicago in a unique partnership with National Louis University.

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Teamwork

Many members of our team were the first in their families to go to college, are the children of immigrants, and/or come from underrepresented backgrounds. Our team also has people from the most privileged backgrounds. Regardless of our origins, we are in this work together.

The team

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Bay Area Newark Chicago

Partnerships at Work

A key to our success is our unique partnership model with universities, employers and philanthropists. Together, we are able to implement innovative career education into the undergraduate experience for low-income and first-generation college students and empower tomorrow’s professional workforce.

University Partners:
National Louis University
Rutgers University-Newark
San José State University

Our Employer Partners Our Supporters

What it means to be Braven

Demonstrate Don’t Debate

We have intrinsic drive, never give up, and prove what is possible through our actions. Our goals are ambitious and measurable. Our belief in our vision is urgent and unshakeable.

We have intrinsic drive, never give up, and prove what is possible through our actions. Our goals are ambitious and measurable. Our belief in our vision is urgent and unshakeable.

Embrace the Journey

We continually reflect and rigorously improve to reach our destination. We celebrate success, and leverage setbacks as opportunities to learn and grow. We challenge and inspire each other. Our collective memory is filled with laughter, joy and fun!

We continually reflect and rigorously improve to reach our destination. We celebrate success, and leverage setbacks as opportunities to learn and grow. We challenge and inspire each other. Our collective memory is filled with laughter, joy and fun!

Find a Way

Robust data and past experience guide our decisions. Being disciplined while also nimble and innovative is critical to uncovering our full potential. We greet new ideas with a sense of possibility.

Robust data and past experience guide our decisions. Being disciplined while also nimble and innovative is critical to uncovering our full potential. We greet new ideas with a sense of possibility.

Go Together; Go Further

Maintaining a generosity of spirit is critical as we work in partnership and seek the perspectives of others enabling us to understand the limits of our own. Our diverse community is one of our greatest assets, and we work to ensure and promote inclusive environments that foster equality of opportunity.

Maintaining a generosity of spirit is critical as we work in partnership and seek the perspectives of others enabling us to understand the limits of our own. Our diverse community is one of our greatest assets, and we work to ensure and promote inclusive environments that foster equality of opportunity.

Live Your Legacy

We align our actions with our beliefs and have the courage to do what is right even when it is hardest to do so. We are transparent about our decisions and actions, and authentic in all that we do. Others paved the path for us; we must do it for others.

We align our actions with our beliefs and have the courage to do what is right even when it is hardest to do so. We are transparent about our decisions and actions, and authentic in all that we do. Others paved the path for us; we must do it for others.