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Braven

Advise Braven on liability issues related to working with students/volunteers

Braven's volunteers help college students develop the skills, networks, and confidence necessary to secure career opportunities. This project will help streamline the volunteer recruitment process.

Posted April 28, 2020

Background & Context

We want to ensure a seamless and thorough student and volunteer recruitment and onboarding process while protecting our students and reducing our organizational risk.

Immediate Problem

Braven's volunteer force fuels the entire student experience. They serve as mentors and coaches, helping college students develop the skills, networks, and confidence necessary to secure career-accelerating opportunities. We want to ensure we are not putting our students or our organization at risk by failing to take the proper steps to screen our volunteers. We have different types of volunteer roles with different degrees of exposure to students. At the moment, our most intense volunteer role is the Leadership Coach - a semester long mentoring opportunity with two hours of in-person time with a small group of students. For that role, we conduct background checks and reference checks. We also have volunteers sign a media release form.

Work & Deliverables

Advise Braven on liability issues related to working with volunteers and help Braven develop waivers, forms, and check lists to limit liability
Project Plan

Preparation Phase

  • Intro call with volunteer coordinator; review background materials

Collaboration Phase

  • Understanding liability risks associated with using volunteers with college students
  • Develop waivers and forms to limit liability
  • Create check lists to limit liability

Wrap Up

  • Help Braven develop waivers, forms, and check lists to limit volunteer and student liability

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Additional Information

  • Time Commitment: 1-5 hours
  • Training Provided: No
  • Site-Preference: Remote
  • Open to Law Students: No
  • Bar License(s) required: Any Bar License
  • Required Languages: None
  • Deliverables Due: May 13, 2020
  • Mentoring Provided: No
  • Supervision Provided: Yes
Braven

The mission of Braven is to empower promising, underrepresented young people with the skills, confidence, experiences, and networks necessary to transition from college to strong first jobs, which lead to meaningful careers and lives of impact. Our vision is that the next generation of leaders will emerge from everywhere and be as diverse as our future demands. Braven supports first-generation and low-income students from college to career by partnering with four year 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, confidence, and networks they need to land a strong first job and get on a path to economic freedom. We began implementing our unique program in the 2013-14 school year at San José State University, 2015-16 school year at Rutgers University–Newark, the 2018-19 school year at National Louis University in Chicago, and in January 2020 at Lehman College. To date, we’ve served over 2,000 students and have had strong results. Within six months of graduation, 71% of Fellows secured quality full-time jobs worthy of their bachelor’s degree or enrolled in graduate school compared to 49% of Black and Latinx college graduates from public universities. 73% of Braven college graduates have at least one internship during college, compared with 49% of first-generation seniors at large state universities, and 95% of our Fellows are persisting in or have graduated from college against a national backdrop of 6 of 10 students who start college graduating within 6 years. Additionally, 49% of Braven graduates are already outearning their parents in their first job out of college. By comparison, by age 30, Americans have a 50-50 shot of outearning their parents.

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