Braven recognized as an Inaugural McNulty Prize Catalyst Fund recipient

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The McNulty Foundation announced the inaugural recipients of the McNulty Prize Catalyst Fund, a new fund at the Aspen Institute to support innovative social ventures at vital inflection points. A total of $110,000 will be granted to six organizations around the world that have proven results and show great potential for further impact. Each is led by an Aspen Global Leadership Network (AGLN) Fellow using their entrepreneurial spirit and expertise to address critical global problems.

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2017-2018 IMPACT REPORT

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With more than 1,000 Fellows in our community, we are creating a new talent strategy for our nation’s next generation of leaders. Braven Fellows continue to outpace the national average for quality job attainment, and Fellows still in school are persisting and securing internships at inspiring rates.

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Life is Always #InProgress

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By: Melanie Shaver, Braven Leadership Coach and LinkedIn Program Manager

The future generation consists of those who will change the future, so I am truly passionate about unleashing the leadership and potential within students. The fire within me to help guide the younger generation to use their power and intelligence in a positive way is the reason I have remained in the University Recruiting realm for almost five years, and why I continue to volunteer with numerous nonprofits focusing on youth. Over the course of two semesters of being a Braven Leadership Coach, I’ve coached a total of 14 San Jose State University students.

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Three Recommendations to Help Solve Tech’s Diversity Problem

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By: Stephanie Bravo, Forbes

From human resources to the executive suite, tech leaders have often decried that they can’t find qualified candidates from diverse backgrounds. They will often cite the “pipeline” as the problem, shifting responsibility to colleges and universities for not graduating enough STEM students to fill their open positions. Their argument is partially true, since most colleges do not recruit and graduate enough students in STEM to keep up with employer demand, and they are not the primary institutions of higher education and learning. However, with nearly 2.5 billion users on social media worldwide and over a billion people using Google search, tech companies are in fact “educating” the masses.

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At San Jose State, building connections, no ‘rich uncle’ required

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By: Emily DeRuy, The Mercury News

Most days, Juan Rocha pulls away from his home 50 miles to the south in Watsonville around 6 a.m. and points his car toward San Jose State University.
“Strawberry fields, that’s it,” he said, of the landscape that surrounds him as the sun creeps up.

It’s a long, solitary slog to the gleaming tech campuses that make up Silicon Valley, but the 26-year-old hopes the drive will pay off.

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Disrupting Opportunity Gaps Will Hinge on Networks

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By: Julia Freeland Fisher, Clayton Christensen Institute

Last week, Stanford researcher Raj Chetty came out with yet another new study on the jagged landscape of opportunity facing America. Analyzing the relationship between young people’s exposure to innovation and the likelihood that they would go on to become inventors, the study highlights an alarming rate of what the authors dub “lost Einsteins”: young people who show promising potential but who, due to lack of exposure to innovation, appear far less likely to pursue careers as inventors. Perhaps unsurprisingly these gaps fall along demographic lines. Children from high-income (top 1%) families are ten times as likely to become inventors as those from below-median income families.

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Not Sure Where to Donate at the end of 2017? Here’s a List of Some of My Favorite Nonprofits

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By: Kathleen Kelly Janus, Social Startup Success author

As we near the end of the giving season, are you overwhelmed by the number of nonprofits doing amazing work out there? Not sure which ones are having the most impact or which ones to support? After having the pleasure of interviewing over one hundred phenomenal nonprofits for my forthcoming book, Social Startup Success, I can relate to the fact that these decisions are not easy.

To help you sort through the noise, I’ve compiled a list of some of my own personal favorites, whose stories I feature in the book, and which you might consider supporting through your end of year giving in 2017:

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Braven Prepares Students for Careers After College

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By: David Goll, SJSU Academic Spotlight Newsletter

At the age of 19, San Jose State University junior Nasheli Arce can already visualize how her business career could look.

The young woman who spent part of her childhood in a town near Mexico City with her eyes on a global career spends one night a week at Facebook Inc. as part of a course she is taking through SJSU’s College of Science and nonprofit Braven.

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We Don’t Need More Alternatives to College

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By: Amy Ahearn, EdSurge

When MissionU emerged on the scene last year branding itself as an alternative to college, it ruffled feathers in higher education. The startup’s marketing pitch rightly pointed out that college debt was ballooning in the United States and that universities were failing to prepare the majority of Americans for the workforce.

MissionU is just the latest addition to a growing lineup of startups bypassing universities and building curriculum directly endorsed by employers, following in the footsteps of Udacity’s Nanodegrees, General Assembly, and bootcamps like Flatiron School. Even Coursera, which has historically partnered with universities, jumped on the employer bandwagon, announcing a new content partnership with Google this year.

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50 Black Women Founders To Watch

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By: Marquita K. Harris, Essence Magazine

These days it seems as if “wantrepreneurs” are everywhere, looking to claim their piece of the proverbial business pie. But if you want to know what it really takes to launch, run and grow a business, just watch Black women work. Despite the fact that over the past five years Black women have received less than 1 percent of all venture funding for their businesses, we still represent America’s fastest-growing entrepreneurial demographic, navigating hurdles with aplomb and paving our own pathways to success.

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