The Issue

Only 1 out of 4 low- income or first-generation students who enter college
will attain a strong first job or enroll in grad school. This produces a talent deficit
of 900,000 low-income or first-generation young people every year.

Our Approach

We support individuals as they transition from college–to–career.
We work with organizations that enable students to seize opportunities
that supplement the college experience and are vital in creating
well-rounded graduates, e.g volunteer activities and internships.

Braven empowers untapped college students with the skills, confidence, networks and experiences needed to succeed professionally beyond graduation. To do so, Braven partners with universities and employers to offer a rigorous, credit-bearing career-acceleration course followed by a post-course experience for college students who are first-generation or from low-income backgrounds. From Braven will come a generation of leaders as diverse as our future demands.

The Partnership for College Completion is a new nonprofit organization launched to catalyze and champion policies, systems and practices that ensure all students in and around Chicago – particularly low-income, first-generation students – graduate from college and achieve their career aspirations. Launching this regional organization is the culmination of a two-year planning process that was led by Forefront’s College and Career Access, Persistence and Success (CCAPS) group and involved hundreds of stakeholders from across Chicago, the region and the nation.