We helped fund the launch of Braven, a career success program targeting the education-to-employment gap, in New York City through a strategic partnership with Lehman College. Building on the early success of this partnership, we further expanded Braven’s presence in New York City by supporting partnerships with high-performing college access programs through a new program, Braven Online.
Braven offers a two-part career education experience for underrepresented college students that begins with a credit-bearing course and is followed by a post-course experience that lasts through college graduation. Volunteer professionals from local employers facilitate the in-person experience and lead teams of 5-8 Fellows through weekly Learning Labs, sharing real-world application and feedback and providing social capital.
Braven’s key outcome is a strong first job, defined as a job that requires a bachelor’s degree, is full time, and offers a competitive starting salary and pathways to promotion. To date, 69% of Braven Fellows (in other program sites) have secured quality full-time jobs or enrolled in graduate school within six months of graduation. Additionally, 71% of Braven college graduates have at least one internship during college and 95% are persisting in or have graduated from college.