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).
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.
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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.