Braven supports untapped students from college to career by partnering with universities and employers to offer a two-part experience that begins with a credit-bearing college course followed by a post-course experience that lasts through graduation. Fellows emerge from Braven with the skills, experiences and networks they need to land a strong first job and get on a path to economic freedom. To date, Braven has worked with 6,100 students across 5 universities (San José State, Rutgers University-Newark, Lehman College, National Louis University, and Spelman College) and in our stipend-based national BravenX program. In the 2022-2023 academic year, Braven launched at Northern Illinois University and City College of New York.
The Accelerator Course: The course is a hybrid online and in-person career-acceleration experience that students take for credit during their sophomore or junior year. Fellows complete weekly online modules and assignments to develop in five professional competencies: operating and managing, problem solving, working in teams, networking and communicating, and self-driven leading. Volunteer professionals from local employers, called Leadership Coaches, facilitate the in-person time and lead teams of 5-8 Fellows through weekly Learning Labs, sharing real-world application and feedback.
The Post-Course Experience: Post-Accelerator Fellows receive additional opportunities to develop leadership and career-readiness skills, engage in an enduring network, and stay on track to securing strong internships and jobs through 1) 1:1 on mentoring delivered by professionals in their field, 2) networking events, career panels, and job skills sessions run by Braven, and 3) access to internship and employment opportunities facilitated by Braven.
Employer Partnerships: Across the entire Braven experience, shared-value partnerships with employers play a key role. For employers, these partnerships provide access to new sources of future talent as well as hands-on inclusive leadership development for current talent. For Fellows, these partnerships build up strong professional networks and open doors to strong jobs and internships.
In the Bay Area, Braven Fellows are persisting in college and achieving exciting levels of internship and job attainment.
- Persistence: 90% of our Fellows have graduated from college on time (within 6 years).
Jobs: In 2022, 254 Braven SJSU Fellows graduated from college. This new class is outpacing their peers nationally in strong economic opportunity attainment by 17 percentage points (64% vs 47%) within six months of graduation
Internships: 69% of Braven college graduates have at least one internship during college, compared with 61% of all college graduates and 62% of students from similar backgrounds.
What Collaboration Looks Like
Benefits Derived as a Result of being an NCCPC Member
GOALS FOR 2022 AND BEYOND
Through our work with NCCPC we are excited to connect with policymakers to advocate for more funding for higher education and student support services and to support enhanced career data as part of the Cradle-to-Career Data Collaborative. We are also excited to connect with other organizations in the Bay area who are passionate about college access and success for underserved populations. We would particularly love to connect with other organizations in the college-to-career space to advocate for federal and state policies that prioritize career success and encourage more transparency in outcomes related to post-secondary achievement.
Why NCCPC and Why Now
As California continues to rebound from the pandemic and experience unusual economic fluctuations, students need more support than ever in making decisions about college and career. NCCPC and all of its collective organizations provide these supports.
You can read more about the impact Braven is having in the Bay Area at https://jobsreport.bebraven.org/bay-area.