What First-Generation Students Need to Land ‘Strong Jobs’

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Goldie Blumenstyk, senior writer, talks with Aimeé Eubanks Davis, founder of the nonprofit Braven, about preparing first-generation college students to land “strong jobs” when they graduate.

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Braven Equips Students with Professional Skills to Increase Earning Potential and Mitigate Debt

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Colleges teach students how to succeed in their careers, but that success often requires much more than knowledge. That’s why Braven provides first-generation, low-income, and minority students with training in professional skills, leadership, networking, and other critical areas. The organization accomplishes that through for credit college courses and additional programs, all of which increase opportunities to land quality jobs right out of college. Support from mentors, coaches, and fellow students helps young professionals make the most of their college years and start their careers on solid financial footing.

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How post-pandemic America can help college students launch careers

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In addition to getting the half-million college hopefuls back to school, our leaders need to ensure that millions of college students from low-income backgrounds can put their hard-earned degrees to work.

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Aimée Eubanks Davis: How your unique story can get you hired

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When searching for a job, you may feel like you’re not good enough or qualified enough to get it. But you are. Here’s how to take your doubts and struggles and turn them into strengths, according to Aimée Eubanks Davis, founder and CEO of Braven.

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Gucci Changemakers Opens Application Process for Second Round

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Gucci today opened the application process for the second round of its North America Changemakers Initiative including the Scholarship Program and Impact Fund for nonprofit organizations. Past recipients of the Impact Fund have included Braven Chicago, which helped 170 diverse college students from National Louis University land jobs after graduation.

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Spotlight: Bridging the Education-to-Employment Gap to Build Equity at Braven

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While we know that education and training beyond high school is now necessary to secure a well-paying career in today’s labor market, a postsecondary credential alone is not a guarantee of success. The ability to tap into a network—a group of people you are connected to personally or professionally that can provide information, counsel, and inroads to employers—is critical. To begin digging into the topic of social capital, ESG spoke with Aimée Eubanks Davis, founder of Braven, an organization dedicated to bridging the education-to-employment gap for first-generation, underrepresented, and/or low-income students. 

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UChicago interns help underserved students achieve career success

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This summer, amid a difficult financial time, UChicago added capacity to Braven through its funded internships, which was a win-win for the organization and students and alumni alike – including four undergraduate Metcalf interns, one College Kimpton Fellow, and one graduate intern from the Harris School of Public Policy. These interns helped Braven expand its services in response to the COVID-19 crisis.

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Think a college degree is enough? Here’s why peers and alumni can make all the difference

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For the past few years, the Christensen Institute has been documenting emerging models that are explicitly aimed at stocking students’ “treasure chest” of social capital to pave better pathways to opportunity. This week, we released a set of profiles on four such programs: Basta, Braven, COOP, and Climb Hire. The first three support current college students and recent graduates. Climb Hire serves jobseekers whether or not they have attended college.

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KIPP Launches First-Of-Its-Kind Alumni Network to Help Its 30K Graduates With Careers, Mental Health and Finances

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A first-of-its-kind alumni network for K-12 KIPP charter school graduates launches today, drawing on its unique national alumni base of 30,000 students that’s expected to grow to 80,000 by 2025. The National KIPP Alumni Network offers both alum-to-alum support as well as outside professional guidance. One of the three external players in the network programs includes the Braven Career Booster Program, a two-week virtual career guidance bootcamp.

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