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Fourblock Foundation Inc

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

Mission: FourBlock is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization that is the nation's local professional network for veterans. Each year, hundreds of veterans in every corner of the country join FourBlock communities to engage locally and connect nationally. From leading organizations to launching innovative new ventures, our veterans are tackling mission critical goals at Fortune 500 companies through the power of the FourBlock network. Learn more about joining the community: fourblock.org

Results: Over 1,500 veterans have completed our programs. 94% of our 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: 20 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

62 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

Client Served

Rating: 4

FourBlock is a great organization for Veterans that are starting from scratch on their transition. Their differentiation is that they require Veterans to be enrolled in an institution of higher learning, meaning that they have students that are students in more ways than one. Their biggest assets are their corporate partners who provide space and networking to the organization as well as the facilitators that truly care about the FourBlock cohort and its students. I think that FourBlock does a great job of connecting Veterans with companies and gives a great lesson on how to meet Veterans in the area who are interested in improving themselves.

Client Served

Rating: 5

I went through the program. It is hosted on Columbia University's servers and is a current and in-depth look at where you are now and where you want to be. How to plan and ensure your success. All of the people who make this possible are A+ and will go out of their way to help you connect or better yourself from your paper resume to how to network.

I recommend Fourblock every chance I get!

Lei Chen

Volunteer

Rating: 5

One of the best veteran transitional programs out there. They put in a lot of work, not just sitting behind their desk doing lip service.

Stuart H.1

Client Served

Rating: 5

FourBlock was instrumental in my transition from student veteran to working professional. I appreciated the instruction, networking opportunities, and mentorship provided. I would and have recommended this nonprofit to others.

Client Served

Rating: 5

I took the Fourblock Veteran Career Readiness course in Seattle during spring 2017. I found the course extremely useful for my career search. I thought the learning method (homework followed by in-person discussion with potential employers) to be very effective in teaching the subject matter and encouraging learning. The instructors and guest speakers/discussion facilitators comprised all seniority-levels in the company from very senior to entry-level. All were knowledgeable and enthusiastic. Most of the guest speakers encouraged us to contact them outside of the course for additional assistance. I recommend this course to any veteran or active duty service member nearing a transition to civilian employment.

larry.delgado

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I joined FourBlock in Spring of 2017 and walked away with a wealth of knowledge. FourBlock's instructional design helps transitioning service members prepare for a post-military career in the civilian workforce. Their use of relevant subject matter experts, networking events, and curricula provides essential skill sets for service members.
During my tenure in the FourBlock training, I learned how to brand myself to organizations seeking highly qualified and technically competent team members. This is NOT a check the block organization. The ability for FourBlock to connect service members to hiring managers and recruiters is beyond reproach. They assist with in-depth review of resumes, LinkedIn Profiles and provide multiple mock interviews, best practices, and lessons learned. FourBlock reaches out to senior recruiters and hiring managers to provide a keen sense of what agencies are expecting from their candidates. They coordinate networking events with both public and private organizations as well as non-profit organizations for those looking to go into the non-profit route.
With FourBlocks help I was able to find the perfect position as a Learning & Development Administrator with an organization that mirrored my values and work ethic. I was so impressed by FourBlock's design and dedication to helping service members that I currently volunteer my time with FourBlock to assist other transitioning service members attain a second career that reinforces the values of our military.

Client Served

Rating: 5

By far, the best military career transition program and it's free!

FourBlock prepared me for my military career transition into the private sector by creating an opportunity to expand my network within it, understand various corporate cultures, learn how to brand myself, how to translate my military experience onto my resume, and how to manage expectations while searching for a new career.

Being able to visit various Fortune 500 companies and being able to speak to veterans employed there was priceless.

Another benefit of the program is that you have free access to complete modules that assist you in the career transition through Columbia University. The assignments you turn in are products that you can use for your transition such as resume building, network tracker, etc.

If you are in the current 20 listed cities, definitely register, regardless if you are a veteran or plan on getting out within a year.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

FourBlock is unique among the veteran nonprofits in this country. I've volunteered for several, but the dedication FourBlock in particular has to the veterans they serve and the expertise they bring to the table is leagues beyond any I've experienced. I am fortunate to have the privilege of serving as a mentor in their Walter Reed program and believe FourBlock offers tons of ways for people to get involved. Thanks for serving veterans, FourBlock!

Joshua32

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

FourBlock is an exceptional non-profit that has helped countless veterans transition from military service to great civilian careers.

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Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

Personally, I struggled through transitioning from military service to civilian life mostly because of a lack of mentorship and coaching in the interim. Upon "completing" my transition, I became a leader for the Veteran's Advocacy Network at my company. I decided to reach out to help those that might be facing the same struggles.
Asking around, I was immediately and repetitively told about 4Block, and asked about volunteering for them. I spent a semester as an adjunct professor and have served as a liaison since - and it's been amazing to hear the personal stories of how 4Block has benefited veterans from the past and going into the future. I work with many veterans of the 4Block experience, have taught alongside them, and can attest that their operation is kept lean, efficient, and focused on providing as effective transition support as possible to our nation's military veterans.

Casey M.2

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

FourBlock is the go to nonprofit for veterans to get real training on how to transition with success! It is also a phenomenal place for companies to find high quality veterans to fill critical roles in their companies!

navafit

Client Served

Rating: 5

As a military officer preparing to transition to a civilian career after serving 20 years in the U.S. Navy, I have gratefully taken advantage of numerous programs offered by Veteran support organizations. Each sought to impart veterans with transition-related skills and resources to help them gain civilian employment upon retirement/separation from the military.

I recently discovered FourBlock through a colleague and completed their 10-week Career Development Program. FourBlock's course syllabus prepares candidates for success in their post-military careers by teaching them how to communicate their value to the business community based upon the unique skills and aptitudes that they bring. This is accomplished through expert coaching, multi-domain brand development, and the opportunity to participate in evening corporate networking events.

At the start of my transition journey, I knew instinctively that I needed to network and develop professional connections in order to be successful in my job search. However, I had not received any training from the military in this skill area, and did not know where to begin or how. Now, as a proud FourBlock Alum, the outlook on my professional future has brightened considerably. Since completing their program, I've developed a diverse and deep network of professional connections within my chosen industry and beyond. Through these connections I've been accepted into two technology internships, which would not have been possible without FourBlock's program.

I routinely recommend the FourBlock Career Development Program to my colleagues. I can honestly say that it has been the most impactful influence upon my military transition.
If you would like to speak with me about the FourBlock program, please feel free to connect with and message me on LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/davidnavaprogrammanager

Board Member

Rating: 5

I feel honored and privileged to be a part of a team that is focused on an important mission at an important time. FourBlock's ability to service veterans in transition has grown rapidly over the past 2 years. I'm most pleased by the high ratings FourBlock receive from Veterans while rapidly expanding the network of corporate partner relationships

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

FourBlock, founded by veterans and run by veterans, is the most energized and professional nonprofit I have ever dealt with. The FourBlock commitment to excellence and making a difference for veterans is evident from the first time you meet a FourBlock volunteer. All too often large business focus on the “resume” and undervalue strength of character of our veterans. FourBlock helps our veterans build on their character to enrich their “resumes”. Thank you for all you do and keep up the outstanding work!

Angel L. T.

Client Served

Rating: 5

When I retired from the Navy I had no idea how to get in front of hiring managers and how to get an idea of the corporate culture with limited time. Fourblock provides direct access to top tier corporations that do not see veterans as "Cheap Labor" but instead as the leaders and success catalysts they truly are.

The most valuable insights that Fourblock provided was a cohort of like minded veterans in a variety of spaces to bounce ideas off of. Having industry experts guiding us through curriculum from Columbia's prestigious school of professional studies gave me the confidence, the network and the skills to identify what industry I was most passionate about. I cannot thank Fourblock enough for the priceless gift they gave me and fully intend to pay it forward.

Angel L. Torres, MS., MBA
Executive Director Midwest, The Mission Continues

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

FourBlock is a great national nonprofit geared for veteran students to become working professionals. I personally have gone through this program and couldn't be more pleased. I engaged in resume workshops, mock interviews, and networked with Fortune 100 companies throughout New York City.

I currently work in the Finance field in Wall Street. If you are a student veteran or know someone who is, please let them know about FourBlock. It truly is a game and life changer. Hooah!

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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!!!!