The Problem

Only 25% of about 1.2 million low-income, first-generation college enrollees will attain a quality first job or go to graduate school. That’s nearly one million college students every single year who are not on a path to maximize their potential.

Our Mission

The mission of Braven is to empower 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, which lead to meaningful careers and lives of impact.

A Solution Embedded Within Higher Education

By partnering with large public universities who are working to innovate, Braven:

  • Builds cutting-edge career education into the undergraduate experience for low-income and first-generation college students
  • Provides students, who often feel disconnected from campus, with a network of supporters and sense of belonging
  • Becomes a systemic solution within and across universities to fuel a generation of leaders as diverse as our future demands

Our Impact

Braven Fellows are persisting in college and achieving exciting levels of job attainment. Our community of 1600 is seeing exciting success beyond graduation, and before that, on the path to college graduation and career.

Read our 2018-2019 IMPACT REPORT and  JOBS REPORT.

Soft Skills

Soft skills matter mightily for academic and life success. An exploratory study from Harvard found the Braven Fellows saw statistically significant growth in 5 key soft skills:

Job search self-efficacy

Confidence in one’s ability to have a successful job search and get a job they want

Career self-efficacy

Confidence in one’s career decisions, ability to grow and improve professionally, and ability to perform well at work

Confidence in one’s career decisions, ability to grow and improve professionally, and ability to perform well at work

Grit

Ability to persevere through setbacks to achieve long-term goals

Ability to persevere through setbacks to achieve long-term goals

Sense of Social and Academic Fit

Sense of belonging on campus

Sense of belonging on campus

Growth mindset

One’s perception of whether they have the potential to change factors central to school performance

One’s perception of whether they have the potential to change factors central to school performance