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.
Marigna: Braven’s Career Booster Boot Camp Is Teaching College Grads How To Land Strong Jobs
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 + Rutgers-Newark=”The American Dream.”
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.
Confessions of a Leadership Coach
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.
Forbes Under 30 Summit Experience
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.
Meet Vince Marigna, Executive Director of Braven – Newark
Vince Marigna, newest member of the Braven – Newark team, will help ensure that thousands of students at Rutgers University – Newark gain the skills, confidence, experiences, and networks necessary to successfully transition from college to career. Learn about his story in his interview with Braven!
Braven recognized as an Inaugural McNulty Prize Catalyst Fund recipient
The McNulty Foundation announced the inaugural recipients of the McNulty Prize Catalyst Fund, a new fund at the Aspen Institute to support innovative social ventures at vital inflection points. A total of $110,000 will be granted to six organizations around the world that have proven results and show great potential for further impact. Each is led by an Aspen Global Leadership Network (AGLN) Fellow using their entrepreneurial spirit and expertise to address critical global problems.
The Unexpected Value of the Liberal Arts
In his new book, You Can Do Anything: The Surprising Power of a ‘Useless’ Liberal Arts Education, author George Anders tells the story of Braven Rutgers-Newark Fellow Dyllan and Leadership Coach Josmar to illustrate the transformational nature of built-in career support for first-generation college students.
Dyllan’s declassified career fair survival guide
There are still a few more steps you should take that can set you apart from other interested candidates, help you build your network, and help you improve for next time.