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Fourblock Foundation Inc

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Causes: Employment Preparation & Procurement, Job Training, Military & Veterans Organizations, Veterans

Mission: FourBlock equips high potential veterans to achieve great careers at our nation’s top companies. The semester-long, university-accredited program provides the professional development, career exploration, and network that today’s veterans need to make the right career choices and to be ready for competitive careers. In partnership with Columbia University, PricewaterhouseCoopers, and the Bob Woodruff Foundation, FourBlock has successfully equipped veterans all over the country to pursue the best careers that maximizes their full potential. To learn more about how FourBlock is helping veterans transition better and achieve more after their military service, visit: www.fourblock.org

Results: 94% of alumni say joining FourBlock improved their transition from military to corporate life, 80% of alumni say FourBlock inspired them to pursue more challenging careers, 78% of working alumni have remained at their first job for 12 months or more, 100% of alumni say that as a result of joining FourBlock, they have built a better network

Target demographics: veterans, wounded service members, and transitioning active duty service members.

Geographic areas served: 12 major cities across the country

Programs: Career Readiness Program, Career Counseling Services, transition services for rehabilitating wounded service members, fundraising for wounded service members

Community Stories

47 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

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Client Served

Rating: 5

Having experienced the FourBlock program has prepared me greatly for the challenges of transition from active military services. The instruction provided is straightforward and in real-time, the ideal combination to increase the effectiveness of any service member looking at applying skills in the corporate world. Current transition programs provided to service members do not come close to the professionalism and structure that FourBlock provides. I am proud to be a FourBlock Alumni and will credit all my future success to this experience. I highly recommend this program.

Client Served

Rating: 5

Fourblock is a great resource for student veterans, as well as transitioning soldiers searching for a clear understanding of their professional end goals. I have personally met amazing people, both peers and professionals that have helped me to gain better insight of the corporate world and self-growth. There are an many opportunities offered to network and connect with men and women in professional settings. I would recommend this foundation to anyone and everyone.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

To be honest, when I started I thought " How is any of this going to make a difference in my life" as well as "I have so little time already, maybe I should not be spreading myself thinner by taking this". Let me tell you, before the course was even over I was already starting to see then drastic benefits my experience here has granted me. I can already look back and see significant ways my life would be different if I had not taken this course (and I would have been very much worse off if I would have opt out). This course has given me vital skills, essential awareness, invaluable connections, and substantial increase in confidence to operate in a field (the civilian corporate sector) that struck me as overwhelmingly alien, impermeable, and something I would just have to try a roll of dice to see where my life ended up. Now, not only can I see behind the veil, I know how to work it and people have people who will work with me if I need help. In a word, this course was imperative.

Client Served

Rating: 5

Great experience!
Four Block is the enlightened opportunity that addresses every area ranging from the mindset preparation – understanding the economy through the eyes of industries – developing confidence in approaching a new era of life – understanding one’s self and developing the ability to identify core competencies.
Above all, the networking experience and encounter with open minded professionals and successful individuals is the exceptional deal maker.

Client Served

Rating: 5

FourBlock is hands-down the best transition program for veterans out there. I have been in the Marine Corps for over 18 years and easily rank this above the other programs offered. The networking opportunities, executive mentoring, and one on one instruction is invaluable!!! I cannot thank the FourBlock team enough for their time and efforts to set all of the students up for success. Highly recommend this program for anyone considering transition from military service, regardless of how long you have served!!!!

1

Client Served

Rating: 5

The Fourblock foundation was immensely helpful to mapping out my transition plan. The 10 week course provided valuable insight and provided me the tools to make a successful transition after active duty. I can not give enough accolades to this organization for the resources and tools that they provide for veterans in the transition process.

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Client Served

Rating: 5

Fourblock is a great asset to veterans as it does help with the transition process. Not only does it assist veterans in future career goals, resume writing, and interviewing techniques but it also provides an invaluable resource to learn and develop networking among veterans and those that support us. I really appreciate everything I have learned and the ability to participate in such an outstanding program.

2

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I've been volunteering with FourBlock for the past several months and have had the opportunity to meet so many amazing individuals and hear their stories. To be able to help, even in such a tiny way compared to what each of them has done, is truly rewarding and I look forward to continuing my relationship with FourBlock in the years to come!

2

Client Served

Rating: 5

The corporate training programs that the staff at Fourblock provide are a great resource for transitioning service members and Veterans in the Greater NorthWestern Region of the United States. I am far better connected and more prepared to enter the civilian workforce because of the tools that I gained by attending Fourblock Programs. Thank You to Monica McNeal and her Team for their efforts to provide this training and guidance during our transition from the military. I believe, this is truly an expectation management establishing process and a genuine and sincere effort to better prepare myself and my Family for a positive entrance into the civilian workforce.

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Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

I first came across FourBlock over 2 years ago while working at a non-profit. I was incredibly impressed by the scope of information and the dedication of the people there. As a veteran in transition myself, I could see the benefit and wished something like this had been available when I left the military. I began immediately recommending the program to my own clients, other veterans in transition. I then began hearing first hand about the impact and watched them one by one get connected to employers and new opportunities. I have seen how effective FourBlock is and the positive changes it's made in veterans and military families' lives. I can NOT recommend this program highly enough. I eventually utilized the program myself and I am a proud alumni! Thank you FourBlock.

3

Client Served

Rating: 5

FourBlock is a really good resource for veterans looking for a job or starting a career. They can give you tools to help a veteran get a job. I have taken the class twice, and they are really good people that care about helping veterans.

2

Client Served

Rating: 5

As a transitioning veteran entering the civilian workforce, FourBlock is hands-down the most valuable service that I have received. Going through the cohort not only gave me additional feedback about resume writing, LinkedIn profiles, and networking but also teaches one how to narrow their job search. I certainly got a better feel for what I wanted to do as a new career. The real bonus is you get the inside information from Recruiters and HR professionals from major companies in the area you attend. Best of all, it's the comes FREE for the participant. I would highly recommend FourBlock to anyone veteran looking to get a job in the corporate sector or even just to expand their network.

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Client Served

Rating: 5

I wish Four Block had been my transition program when I left active duty. Four Block was immensely helpful in prompting me to think about and re-evaluate my goals, and it provided real, practical, hands-on experience making them happen. It helped me think bigger about what I'm capable of and what I want to do. It's definitely helped me become more connected and engaged in my professional network.

1

Volunteer

Rating: 5

As a Google employee and veteran staffing ambassador, it's been a pleasure partnering with FourBlock! Damien and I had the chance to connect at a tech industry Veteran Event at LinkedIn in NYC. We reconnected a few months later to host FourBlock at Google's campus and discuss our hiring process, how to be prepared for a job on day 1 and the importance of a good culture at work. The event was engaging and students/alumni of FourBlock were a pleasure to have on campus. I look forward to partnering with FourBlock in the future.

3

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

Fourblock is an outstanding organization. I had the pleasure of being able to speak with them regarding job searching upon graduation. The individuals had a desire to learn and a undeniable drive to succeed. The stories they shared and the questions that they asked truly resonated with my team.

2

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

I have been impressed with the quality of Fourblock candidates my team and I interviewed.

Looking forward to continuing the business partnership.

1

Client Served

Rating: 5

I've done the course twice now and thoroughly enjoyed it! Teaching veterans skills only branding themselves, pitches, resumes, and more. I think the biggest advantage is helping transition veterans jump start their network and obtaining mentors or sponsors. I've met many great people and it has also brought other veteran opportunities to my radar within my city.

1

Client Served

Rating: 5

I am a Navy veteran who just recently graduated from college. FourBlock assisted me on developing my resume, translating my military experience, and connecting me with myriad of recruiters.

I definitely would recommend this organization to my fellow veterans!

1

Client Served

Rating: 5

FourBlock is quite possibly the best transition program. I love that they approach transition as a journey and spend months with veterans, rather than a quick day-long workshop or retreat. Resumes and interviews are probably the least addressed topics (though important!). Rather, they address much deeper, foundational questions such as our personal priorities, our professional goals, etc. I love that they teach professional development topics that are VERY relevant to today's landscape, like emotional intelligence and strategies. Their method is much more methodical than a "passion"-based approach. I won't spill their secrets here, but basically FourBlock veterans are taught to craft their careers through reflection and strategy, rather than simply pursue their dreams.

2

Client Served

Rating: 5

When getting ready to transition from the Marines back to civilian life I knew school was my next step. Since I wanted to get into a career in financial services it made sense for me to leave the west coast and head to NYC for school. Shortly after I arrived and settled in I went to my career counselor. I knew if I wanted to make it I would need to get some real world experience along with my education and was looking for internship opportunities. Since I was a veteran she handed me a sheet of 3 opportunities that coming summer that would be through a company called FourBlock. Those were the earliest days of the FourBlock, I couldn't find much info on them over the web, but 2 of the internships interested me so I applied and ended up getting one of them.

The next fall FourBlock started to have classes for recently transitioned veterans to help give them the soft skills that weren't part of military acumen. Through the classes and networking events I was able to make a few contacts that lead to another internship the summer before my senior year. When neither of those lead to a full time position Mike and FourBlock didn't give up on me and kept working with me. It was through another networking event of theirs that lead to my post graduation job where I am still at 3.5 years later.

At the end of the day it comes down to the individual to apply what is learned, or in my case land the position, but FourBlock, and Mike Abrams helped put me in the best position to succeed and I will forever be grateful for the help I have received.