Accelerator and Post-Accelerator Fellows
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
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.
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.
Generous investments from our supporters fuel our model and complement the financial support we receive from our university and employer partners.
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 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 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).
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.
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 – Newark
c/o Teach For America
50 Park Place, Suite M200
Newark, NJ 07102
Sophomore and first-year transfer students are preferred, but the course is open to all undergraduate students in all majors who are:
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.
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:
In addition to the weekly Tuesday or Wednesday class, the following activities are a part of the Accelerator:
By the end of the course, students should be able to:
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.
We are looking for professionals from all fields who are willing to share their career experience, personal stories, and unique talents with motivated Fellows.
Leadership Coaches: If you’re interested in becoming a Leadership Coach, please visit our leadership coach page. Required dates for Spring 2019 Leadership Coaches:
Professional Mentors: 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.
Braven Network: Sign up to join the Braven Network, and you will be the first to know about upcoming one-time and recurring volunteer opportunities by email. When you register, you will also have the chance to indicate if you are interested in connecting with some of our Braven Fellows who are eager to learn more about your industry and career path.