Braven’s misson 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, low-income students 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 semester-long class that is integrated into a students’ coursework, 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 to attain quality employment which includes 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 deploy it to support thousands of students.
Braven has achieved impressive growth since launching in 2014 and is committed to scaling into the tens of thousands in the future. The organization has worked with more than 2,400 students across four universities to date.
In Chicago, Braven is committed to serving thousands of students and aspires for the city — which is Eubanks Davis’s hometown and Braven’s headquarters — to be its flagship site. Braven entered the Chicago market with a partnership with National Louis University, where it expects to serve up to 1,200 students in the coming years.
Investment launched in January 2020. Management support projected to begin later this year.