Braven-Newark Fellows Outpace Peers in Quality Economic Opportunity Attainment for Second Year in a Row

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Nonprofit Releases New Jobs Report Showing Impressive Career Outcomes for Underrepresented College Students

Braven-Newark today announced that Fellows who graduate from their university-embedded program at Rutgers University-Newark (RU-N) are outpacing their peers by 30 percentage points in strong economic opportunity attainment: six months after college graduation, 76 percent of Braven Fellows from the RU-N class of 2018 have found a strong first job or enrolled in a graduate program, compared to 46 percent of Black and Latinx students from public universities nationally.

This announcement comes as part of Braven’s 2019 Jobs Report, released today. In addition, 48 percent of Braven Fellows who completed the two-part experience that involves online learning modules and weekly in-person Learning Labs with a leadership coach and peer cohort are already out-earning their parents in their first job out of college. By comparison, by age 30, Americans only have a 50-50 shot of out-earning their parents.

“These results are a testament to the hard work and determination of our Braven-Newark Fellows,” said Braven’s Newark executive director Vince Marigna. “Braven was founded with the goal of empowering promising college students with the chance to attain the American Dream within five semesters and deepen their impact on our world. In partnership with Rutgers-University-Newark, we’re committed to expanding this work to create a future in which leaders emerge from everywhere.”

Braven primarily targets first-generation college students, students receiving Pell grants, and other underrepresented college students to help them build the skills and social capital they will need to launch successfully into the modern economy. In their first jobs out of college, 48 percent of Braven graduates are already out-earning their parents’ combined income from when they were growing up, while Americans have only a 50-50 chance of out-earning their parents by age 30.


“The Braven program pushed me to take advantage of the opportunities and resources available to me on campus while staying true to and owning my own story,” said Dyllan Brown Bramble, a Spring 2016 Braven Fellow and 2018 graduate from Rutgers University–Newark, now a first-year J.D. Candidate at Georgetown University Law Center. “Without Braven, I would not be where I am right now.”

“Rutgers-Newark’s partnership with Braven has helped students take meaningful, substantive steps in their career development, which is a significant part of the purpose of a top-notch education we offer our students,” said Nancy Cantor, Chancellor of Rutgers University–Newark, one of three Braven partner universities. “We’re very excited about significantly scaling up our work with Braven, so that we may reach as many as 4,000 students by 2022.”


In Newark, Prudential is one of Braven’s most deeply embedded employer partners. Since the partnership began, 14 Braven Fellows have been hired as interns or full-time at Prudential. Prudential employees make up 25 percent of RU-N Leadership Coaches who help develop future leaders while investing in their own management skills.

“Prudential’s partnership with Braven allows us to connect with driven, diverse talent as well as access powerful learning and development opportunities for our current associates through the Leadership Coach and Professional Mentor roles. We are committed to helping the next generation of Newark’s leaders prepare for meaningful careers,” said Rick Radice, Vice President, Legal, Compliance, Business Ethics, and External Affairs, Prudential Financial.



About Braven

Founded in 2013, Braven empowers promising, underrepresented young people—first-generation college students, students from low-income backgrounds, and students of color—with the skills, confidence, experiences, and networks necessary to transition from college to strong first jobs. Braven is embedded within large public universities and partners with employers to build cutting-edge career education into the undergraduate experience for low-income and first-generation college goers and provides students, who often feel disconnected from campus, with a network of supporters and sense of belonging. Braven Fellows are persisting in college and achieving exciting levels of internship and job attainment.