Six Tips for Creating Strong Virtual College Experiences

Posted on

College students today are dealing with a lot of uncertainty about their futures. The pandemic has shifted the type of learning instruction most of us have ever known, while also bringing about a national unemployment rate that is higher than it was during the Great Recession. The pressures on many college students are daunting, especially if they come from humble beginnings. Some college students are worried about balancing family responsibilities, while others are trying to figure out how to pay their way through school.

Read More

How One Organization Is Building Social Capital For Low-Income, First Generation College Graduates In The COVID-19 Economy

Posted on

The COVID-19 economy has had a drastic impact on recent college graduates. But for low-income, first generation college students, their struggles existed well before the pandemic and are likely to be exacerbated. Addressing the education-to-employment gap has been a priority for Aimée Eubanks Davis, Founder and CEO of Braven, who shared innovative ways Braven is working to ensure that these incredibly hard-working, resilient, and diverse graduates can navigate one the toughest job markets in a generation.

Read More

Marigna: Braven’s Career Booster Boot Camp Is Teaching College Grads How To Land Strong Jobs

Posted on

We often tell students, whether in the first grade or twelfth, that education is the path to a brighter future. We promise them that a college degree will open up opportunities for them — help them create the lives they’ve imagined for themselves. Unfortunately, this has not been the reality for all students.

Read More

To Succeed, College Students Need Schools To Measure, Prioritize Building Networks

Posted on

Programs like Braven help expand students’ access to professional networks. Braven partners with universities to offer a course for low-income and first-generation students and students of color aimed at empowering them with the skills, confidence, experience, and networks necessary to transition from college to strong first jobs. Braven is now attempting to reach even more students with a short, intensive, virtual program, called Booster, to reach low-income and first-generation graduating seniors and recent alums who are navigating their job search during the pandemic and recession.

Read More

Training The Street Announces Successful First Phase of Partnership with Braven

Posted on

Training The Street (TTS), the leading corporate training provider for Wall Street firms and top-tier business schools, is pleased to announce the completion of the first phase of its strategic partnership with Braven, a national nonprofit organization founded in 2013 with a mission to empower underrepresented college students on their path to a strong first job and economic mobility. As a first step in the TTS /Braven Partnership, Braven Fellows had the opportunity to attend virtual TTS public courses. TTS team members also participated in Braven’s mock interviews in the spring.

Read More

Lessons Earned Podcast: Aimée Eubanks Davis

Posted on

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.

Read More

Before you say no to virtual internships, read this

Posted on

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.

Read More

Lessons Learned in Times of COVID-19

Posted on

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.

Read More

Braven Named Gucci Changemakers Impact Fund Recipient

Posted on

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.

Read More

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

Posted on

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.

Read More