A new chapter in Newark

With a bold vision, strong leadership, and deep community engagement, Newark is working towards a strong economic future for all residents. Joining Newark in 2015, Braven is proud to be a partner in this community-wide effort.

The Work Ahead

Newark is poised for a renaissance, but only if all local talent thrives. The city’s established companies are growing, mixed-use development is booming and start-ups are being incubated. Yet 30% of Newark’s residents are living below the poverty line and 20% of Black residents are unemployed. Braven has joined forces with Rutgers-University Newark and local employers to help the Newark community meet its ambitious goals around college and career success.

An Innovative University Partnership

Chancellor Nancy Cantor and her team at Rutgers University – Newark have partnered with Braven since Fall 2015, and, to date, Braven has served over 280 Rutgers – Newark students. Braven Fellows receive 2 elective credits for taking the Accelerator course. In the 2016-2017 school year, 91% of Braven Fellows identified as people of color and 69% were first-generation college students.

Employers fueling a new generation of local leaders

With a mix of well-established companies and start-ups, Newark employers are looking for innovative talent solutions to help them hire a new generation of local talent and ensure the strength of their community. With an anchor employer partnership with Prudential and strong support from companies ranging from Enterprise to Audible to College Board, local employers are leveraging Braven’s professional development opportunities for their employees while helping to build their future talent pipeline.

The Newark Braven Community

Our Fellows, volunteers, Employer Partners and University Partner are working together to ensure all college graduates are set-up for success.


Accelerator and Post-Accelerator Fellows


of Rutgers-Newark Braven Fellows are persisting in or have graduated from college


of Braven Fellows still in school have had a career aligned internship within the last year

Newark Area Schools

Rutgers University – Newark

  • Dates: Fall and Spring Semester of the 2017-2018 Academic Year
  • Early Application Deadline: Friday, December 1
  • Final Application Deadline: Monday, January 22
  • First Week of Class – Spring 2018: Tuesday/Wednesday, January 16/17

Newark Employer Partners

Our employer partners encourage their employees to participate in Braven’s professional development and engagement opportunities, sponsor events and learning experiences, provide access to externship, internship and full-time opportunities, and offer critical financial support.

Anchor Partner

Prudential became Braven’s first anchor employer partner to help build a pipeline of strong talent and provide opportunities for students to be career-ready in Newark, their headquarters for more than 140 years.



Innovation Partners

Enterprise sponsored our Newark Capstone Challenge.



Access Partners

Newark Supporters

Generous investments from our supporters fuel our model and complement the financial support we receive from our university and employer partners.

$250,000 – $999,999


$150,000 – $249,999

Susan & Thomas Dunn


$100,000 – $149,999

Richard Braddock


$50,000 – $99,999


$20,000 – $49,999


$5,000 – $19,999

Edison Foundation

Guggenheim Partners

Nellie Mae Education Foundation

Sarah Peter

Trimble Foundation



Alice Ricks

Benevity Community Impact Fund

Brian Federico

Enterprise Holdings

Fuad Ligali

Heidi Eggert

Isabel Siragusa

Shannon Birk Jibaja

Siragusa Family Foundation

Sue Kalman

Thomas Lewis Brown

Newark Team

Alina Yang

Alina oversees Braven program implementation at Rutgers University-Newark. Alina ensures the successful execution of the Accelerator course, recruits and trains volunteers, and builds and supports partnerships with the university, employer partners, and other stakeholders.


Dennis Ng

Dennis is responsible for Newark regional operations and event planning. He is the right hand person to the Newark Executive Director, specifically supporting in the creation and maintaining of employer and community partnerships.


Lissete Estrada

Lissete oversees all student recruitment and the overall student experience of Braven at Rutgers University-Newark. She runs operations and logistics for Learning Labs and Braven events, as well as overseeing the Post-Accelerator experience (student club and e-board).


Newark Stories

The Unexpected Value of the Liberal Arts

In his new book, You Can Do Anything: the Surprising Power of a ‘Useless’ Liberal Arts Education, New York Times bestselling 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.

Read More

The career fair is over. Now what? A.K.A. “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.

Read the Full Story

Reflecting on the intersection of my identity and career interests as I approach college graduation

Growing up, I treated my Asian identity as a double-edged sword and I would exclude myself from certain conversations or situations because I was sometimes uncomfortable being associated with the “Asian” stereotype.

Read the Full Story

Contact the Newark Team

Braven – Newark
c/o Teach For America
50 Park Place, Suite M200
Newark, NJ 07102
Email: alina@bebraven.org

Braven Accelerator: Spring 2018

Rutgers University – Newark


Sophomore and first-year transfer students are preferred, but the course is open to all undergraduate students in all majors who are:

  • In good academic standing and able to register for a 2-credit elective course during the Spring semester
  • Able to meet once a week on Tuesdays or Wednesdays from 6pm-8pm during the Spring semester
  • Able to commit an average of 4-5 hours a week to this course
  • Able to attend our signature ‘Storytelling as Leadership’ event on Saturday, February 3 from 9:30am – 4pm

Course Description

This course prepares students for the increasingly competitive, globalized job marketplace. Through online and peer learning, interactive experiences, and reflection, students will build meaningful networks, discover their innate leadership, and cultivate the “hard” and “soft” skills and habits of mind needed to thrive in twenty-first century workplaces. This course will require your commitment. Nothing good comes easy, but this course will be equally rewarding as it is challenging.

Course Section

The Braven Accelerator is a 2-credit elective course that meets Tuesday or Wednesday evenings from 6:00 – 8:00 pm. The course is housed under the HLLC:

  • HLLC Special Topics II: Braven Accelerator

Additional Events

In addition to the weekly Tuesday or Wednesday class, the following activities are a part of the Accelerator:

  • Saturday, February 3rd, 2018, 9:30am – 4pm: Storytelling As Leadership Workshop

Learning Outcomes

By the end of the course, students should be able to:

  • Exercise habits to persist through and thrive beyond college
  • Know and demonstrate the skills and mindsets employers hire for
  • Navigate the workplace
  • Build a record of achievement and apply skills to land a career-accelerating internship or research opportunity
  • Expand personal and professional networks
  • Lead with their assets and values


The course takes place on the RU-N campus. The final room location will be on your schedule and sent via email before the course begins in January.

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Volunteer in Newark

We are looking for professionals from all fields who are willing to share their career experience, personal stories, and unique talents with motivated Fellows.

  • If you’re interested in becoming a Leadership Coach, please visit our leadership coach page.
  • If you’re interested in volunteering as a Professional Mentor (PM), where we match you with a recent or soon-to-be college grad from Rutgers University – Newark who is interested in going into your career field, please read and complete our Professional Mentor application.
  • For lighter-touch opportunities to volunteer in the Newark/NYC area, please sign up below, or join our Braven Champions list to hear about new opportunities as they open up.