Lessons Earned Podcast: Aimée Eubanks Davis

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Long before COVID-19, America’s most vulnerable students were struggling to access not only education and skills training, but the social connections that open doors to great careers. Aimée Eubanks Davis, founder and CEO of Braven, says the pandemic’s disproportionate impact on low-income and minority communities has also laid bare inequities in the education-to-workforce ecosystem. It’s time, she says, to level the playing field so all college graduates can secure strong first jobs that lead to long-term career success.

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Before you say no to virtual internships, read this

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Both college students and employers know internships matter. With work going virtual in the time of COVID-19 and a recessed economy, it’s more important now than ever for students and employers to give virtual internships a chance.

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Lessons Learned in Times of COVID-19

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The world has changed drastically over the last couple of months due to the COVID-19 pandemic, impacting us all. In the world of higher education, universities have moved to virtual learning environments—uncharted territory for many. At Braven, we’ve explored and implemented solutions to ensure the best experience possible for our students in this new virtual space. Here’s what we’ve learned along the way.

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Braven Named Gucci Changemakers Impact Fund Recipient

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Braven was recently named a Gucci Changemakers Impact Fund recipient and was celebrated at Gucci’s popup in Chicago this weekend. Fellows were provided the opportunity to meet with executives and celebrities including Gucci CEO Marco Bizzarri.

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Braven + Rutgers-Newark=”The American Dream.”

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Braven, a nonprofit founded in 2013 with a mission to empower first-generation college students, particularly low-income students of color, has something to celebrate. According to its new 2020 Newark Jobs Report, in 2019, 130 Braven Fellows graduated from Rutgers-Newark University and 75% of graduates have had “strong job attainment” within six months of graduation, compared to 46% of their peers.

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How to help low-income students hold their own on the job market

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Braven is focused on helping students from humble beginnings acquire the social capital that can help them hold their own in the job market. Read more about the Braven model and its results in this Chronicle of Higher Education piece by Goldie Blumenstyk.

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2020 Jobs Report: Proving What’s Possible

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Braven released its 2020 Jobs Report today, and our biggest graduating class of Fellows are on the path to attaining the American Promise. In 2019, nearly 340 Braven Fellows graduated from college, more than doubling the number of Braven graduates who are now working professionals. This new class of graduates is outpacing their peers nationally in strong job attainment […]

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Braven is Bullish on Careers for Bronx College Students

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To launch a career, often it’s about getting that first job. Braven, an organization that will start to serve 150 Lehman students at the end of January and has plans to reach hundreds more in other CUNY institutions, is committed to helping college students transform their lives by teaching them the necessary skills to land that strong first job.

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The odds are still stacked against low-income college students; here are some ways to expand the possibilities

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This fall, 1.2 million low-income or first-generation students started college. For most of their lives, they’ve been told that a college degree will set them on a path to economic mobility, and they have arrived on their campuses filled with a sense of possibility. Unfortunately, the odds for low-income students are still stacked against them.

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Braven’s Founder and CEO Selected for Obama Foundation Fellowship

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Braven’s Founder & CEO Aimée Eubanks Davis was selected by the Obama Foundation to join the second ever Fellows class in 2019!

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