Rutgers University-Newark student Christelle Louis shares her experience in Braven and how it provided her the ability to pursue a successful career path.
Braven can further support its programs aimed to create employment opportunities in Black communities thanks to a recent grant from the NBA Foundation.
We must expand inclusive programs like Braven, elevate the visibility of Rutgers-Newark, and support public policies that level the playing field.
Shadene Grant, 2016 Braven Fellow, became a Leadership Coach after taking the Accelerator course and is paying it forward to her community.
McCloud & Marigna: It’s Not Just About Policing — 3 Ideas for Addressing Systemic Racism in Our Schools and Communities
We are sitting at a historic crossroads as a country, and we have the opportunity to create a more just world for all Americans. The COVID-19 pandemic, the senseless murder of Black Americans by police and the resulting protests have forced a reckoning with the racism that’s embedded in our national DNA. Our systems have produced an unjust and inequitable America — not just in policing, but in health care, housing, criminal justice, education and the economy. As Black Americans, community members and leaders of nonprofits — Braven Newark and Project Ready — who are seeking to make a change in the lives of underrepresented students and families, we’ve seen solvable educational and economic inequities go unsolved for decades. Addressing these inequities will require a tectonic shift in our approach to race and a focus on equity as our guiding principle when we rebuild these broken systems.
We often tell students, whether in the first grade or twelfth, that education is the path to a brighter future. We promise them that a college degree will open up opportunities for them — help them create the lives they’ve imagined for themselves. Unfortunately, this has not been the reality for all students.
Braven, a nonprofit founded in 2013 with a mission to empower first-generation college students, particularly low-income students of color, has something to celebrate. According to its new 2020 Newark Jobs Report, in 2019, 130 Braven Fellows graduated from Rutgers-Newark University and 75% of graduates have had “strong job attainment” within six months of graduation, compared to 46% of their peers.
Braven-Newark Fellows Outpace Peers in Quality Economic Opportunity Attainment for Second Year in a Row
Fellows graduating from their university-embedded program at Rutgers University-Newark are outpacing their peers by 30% in economic opportunity attainment.
I’m an LC, I’m 30 years old, I graduated from Rutgers with a degree in English and have the most awesome company where I’m mentored by two brilliant women. But here’s my confession: I gain my most valuable skills from volunteering with Braven.
Claudia Saavedra (Fall ‘17 Fellow) is now a graduate student at Rutgers University-Newark. She recently had the opportunity to attend the Forbes Under 30 Summit, so we caught up with her to find out how she was able to snag that awesome opportunity and what her experience was like.