For the third year in a row, Braven Fellows are outpacing national job attainment ratesPosted on
Today, Braven announced that Fellows who graduate from their university-embedded program are outpacing their peers by 23 percentage points in strong economic opportunity attainment: six months after college graduation, 69 percent of Braven Fellows from the 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. The report also announces that, 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. Americans, on the whole, have only a 50-50 chance of out-earning their parents by age 30.
“We’re thrilled to see our Braven graduates succeed after they finish the course, graduate, and enter the workforce,” said Braven founder and CEO Aimée Eubanks Davis. “Braven was founded with the goal of empowering promising college students with the chance to attain the American Dream within five semesters and these results are a testament to their drive and ambition. We’re dedicated to continuing this work to create a future in which leaders emerge from everywhere.”
Braven Fellows undergo a two-part experience that involves online learning modules and weekly in-person Learning Labs with a leadership coach and peer cohort. 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.
“Braven has given me the tools to replace the career anxiety that I used to have with confidence in my own potential,” said Kaitlyn Iglesias, Rutgers-Newark graduate. “Applying those tools helped give me the chance to land my dream job at a top public accounting firm.”
“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 Rutgers–Newark 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.
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.