Braven’s mission is to empower promising, underrepresented young people — first-generation college students, students from low-income backgrounds, and students of color — with the skills, confidence, experiences, and networks necessary to transition from college to strong first jobs that lead to meaningful careers and lives of impact.
Why We Invested
Braven partners with undergraduate institutions to provide first-generation college students, students from low-income backgrounds, and students of color with the skills, social capital, work-based experiences, and the confidence necessary to attain strong first jobs that lead to meaningful careers. The organization delivers career education and coaching through a credit bearing university course, as well as through a variety of post-course supports through graduation.
While educational attainment is an important lever for alleviating income and opportunity disparities, it does not level the playing field on its own. Braven responds to this reality with programming and supports aimed at equipping students in attaining quality employment, including jobs that offer pathways to promotion, employer provided benefits, and market competitive salaries.
Braven Founder and CEO Aimée Eubanks Davis is an impressive leader with the capability to take the organization through its next phase of growth. Her innovative, strategic, and bold leadership is evidenced by her success to date in developing a high-impact program and securing the significant funding and partnerships necessary to support thousands of students.
Braven continues to fill a critical gap in the career preparation space, not only through its core model and Accelerator course but also through innovative new ways of reaching students. For example, Braven partnered with peer organizations through BravenX, a virtual fellowship experience for students not attending a partner university. In response, to the pandemic, Braven also launched Career Booster, a program offering graduating seniors and recent alums support in navigating the current job market.
Investment launched in January 2020. Management support projected to begin later this year.