Volunteer Spotlight: The Leadership Coach

The principal facilitators of the Braven Accelerator course are our extraordinary Leadership Coaches.
As a Leadership Coach, you will guide and motivate a team of 5-8 promising college students weekly
as they prepare to make their first steps into the professional world.

At the same time, you’ll get real-world practice leading diverse teams. Ninety-nine percent of our coaches said that the role
helped them develop and practice skills transferable to their own professional development and goals.

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Create a semester of impact

Facilitate weekly in-person workshops for 5-8 college students using Braven’s curriculum. Coach each student individually to design their career vision, goals, and roadmap.

Get a return on your commitment

As you lead your students, you’ll grow your own leadership ability. You’ll get real-world practice managing a diverse team of up-and-coming talent and learn strong group facilitation and one-on-one coaching skills.

Receive robust training and support

As a coach, you will go through a full-day training, access pre-created online curriculum and lesson plans, and receive observation and feedback.

Advocate for your students

Put your real-world experience and connections into action and become a powerful advocate for your students.

Apply today

  1. Submit a brief application.
  2. Interview with a staff member.
  3. Commit to a semester that works for you.
  4. Train with other Leadership Coaches.
  5. Begin coaching.

Apply now

Other volunteer opportunities

Can’t coach, but interested in lending your time or talent? We have several other opportunities to get involved.

Learn more

 

The Leadership Coach role may be right for you if:

LOCATION:

Braven is currently running all of our programs virtually. However, many of our Fellows are located in Newark, New York, Chicago, and the Bay Area—so we’re always looking for volunteers with local expertise!

CAREER:

You’ve completed 2+ years of professional work experience.

TIME:

You can commit at least 3 hours per week over the course of a semester, including a regular 2-hour virtual meeting:

  • Tuesday or Wednesday evening (New York, Bay)
  • Wednesday or Thursday evening (Chicago)
  • Tuesday evening, Wednesday evening, or Friday mid-day (Newark)

INTERESTS:

  • You’re hungry for professional development that deepens your facilitation, coaching, and management skills.
  • You believe in the leadership potential of young people no matter where they’re from.
  • You understand the power of social capital and are eager to open your networks to Fellows.

SKILLS:

  • You see feedback as a gift and are eager to give and receive it.
  • You have strong group facilitation skills, including clear and energetic communication, active listening, and powerful questioning.
  • You lead through an asset-based lens and can build strong relationships with young people.

Location dates and details

NYC area

Lehman College (Bronx, New York) • TRAINING: A weekend in January • PROGRAM DATES: January – May, 2021 • APPLY BY: November 11, 2020   Program takes place on certain weeknight evenings; more details TBA.

Lehman College (Bronx, New York)

• TRAINING: A weekend in January

• PROGRAM DATES: January – May, 2021

• APPLY BY: November 11, 2020

 

Program takes place on certain weeknight evenings; more details TBA.

The Bay Area

San José State University (San José, CA) • TRAINING: January 16, 2021 • PROGRAM DATES: February 2 – May 25, 2021 • APPLY BY: November 15, 2020   Program takes place virtually on Tuesday and Wednesday evenings.

San José State University (San José, CA)

• TRAINING: January 16, 2021

• PROGRAM DATES: February 2 – May 25, 2021

• APPLY BY: November 15, 2020

 

Program takes place virtually on Tuesday and Wednesday evenings.

NJ Area

Rutgers University Newark (Newark, NJ) • TRAINING: January 12, 2021 • PROGRAM DATES: January 19 – May 3, 2021 • APPLY BY: November 15, 2020   Program takes place on Tuesday, Wednesdays, and Fridays.

Rutgers University Newark (Newark, NJ)

• TRAINING: January 12, 2021

• PROGRAM DATES: January 19 – May 3, 2021

• APPLY BY: November 15, 2020

 

Program takes place on Tuesday, Wednesdays, and Fridays.

Chicago Area

Chicagoland region • TRAINING: January 9, 2021 • PROGRAM DATES: January 13 – March 18, 2021 (Braven@NLU) or January 13 – April 28, 2021 (BravenX) • APPLY BY: November 15, 2020 Program takes place virtually on Wednesdays  and Thursdays from 4:30 – 6:30 pm.

Chicagoland region

• TRAINING: January 9, 2021

• PROGRAM DATES: January 13 – March 18, 2021 (Braven@NLU) or January 13 – April 28, 2021 (BravenX)

• APPLY BY: November 15, 2020

Program takes place virtually on Wednesdays  and Thursdays from 4:30 – 6:30 pm.

“Serving as a Leadership Coach is an incredibly rewarding experience and an opportunity to pay it forward and help strengthen the workforce. It is energizing to work with such young, intelligent future professionals.”

Keith Smoak
Leadership Coach

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