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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

1

Volunteer

Rating: 5

A great group of leaders combining their efforts to make a difference for our Veterans and for our business community.

2

Client Served

Rating: 5

Two years ago I decided to go to business school and start my MBA. Staying on active duty provided the opportunity for a seamless transition. The tradeoff came in losing the ability to network and intern throughout my time in school. Finding a career is a full time job. With the military, school, and searching for my next career. As the transition came closer I wasn't happy with my options. Coming from the military I know there is always another way.

So I went out and found it. Working with FourBlock, I am able to build a network of people in my target city (Atlanta). I meet others like me, going through the transition. Now as I transition I can hear others stories about their transition and realize I am not alone. Hearing people who have pushed through and found their way makes it seem more reasonable and possible.

The transition process is what you make of it. Two options exist: wait for something to happen or go make it happen. FourBlock puts me in front of the right people. We practice our skills every time we step foot in a company. Every company understands the value veterans bring. FourBlock is designed to give people willing to put forth the extra effort an opportunity. Too many veterans don't reach their maximum potential when they transition, because they don't know what is really possible.

No one walks away from a session without learning something. The learning happens from the instructor, the other veterans, or even the corporate partners. Whether it leads to a job or just networking with new people, I know the effort is worth it.

1

Client Served

Rating: 5

I fell into the Four Block program after I transitioned and immediately felt it's value. I wished I had encountered this program prior to my departure because the information, the format, and the staff are just fantastic. The faster this program expands across the nation, the better.

2

Client Served

Rating: 5

I am presently transitioning from the military and was introduced to 4Block about 6 months before my retirement. I didn’t realize how much the job market had changed along with the different tools at my disposal. 4Block was able to guide my efforts towards and focus them on networking with contacts within those fields. They made me feel like they truly cared about my welfare and went out of their way to set up calls with me even though I was on the other side of the world. More veterans need to hear about 4Block and what they can do for them. Truly a fantastic organization!!!

3

Client Served

Rating: 5

Four Block has been an instrumental mentoring source for Warriors at Walter Reed. They have provided insights, leadership, mentoring, networking, professional workshops, and online learning modules for military and post military. They help Service Members and keep track of their procedures and results. First and foremost they provide wise counsel to military undergoing transition.

5

Volunteer

Rating: 5

As a FourBlock volunteer and a US Army veteran myself, I wish that this program would have been available when I was discharged in the early 1990's. I have personally witnessed the positive impact that this program has had on today's transitioning student veteran by providing the tools and training needed for their successful transition into the civilian workforce.

To Mike Abrams and Roger Roley as well as to all current and future FourBlock students - thank you all for your service and for everything that you have done and continue to do for our country! Hooah!

4

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

As a Vietnam veteran and past Commander of the American Legion, I have worked with many VSOs trying to help our returning service members.

Only FOUR BLOCK and Mike Abrams excel at providing the tools and motivation allowing service members to transition to active productive members of the community.

3 Natasha17

Client Served

Rating: 5

When I found 4Block, I was 1 year out of the military and enrolled in a graduate program. I was pretty lost and ineffective, in the job search. Before the program, I applied to multiple jobs/positions that I was over qualified to do but never received a response. After 4Block, I learned to give my elevator pitch, the importance of networking in job hunting, the relevance of networking events, how to work a room, and it was an extremely positive experience that I would recommend for all veterans enrolled in an educational institution.

5

Client Served

Rating: 5

I've tried out some veteran groups before and while each one has comradery they don't do a lot. So I was surprised when FourBlock did more than turn oxygen into carbon dioxide, they helped gear us up to be successful. Not only giving us tools and resources for later but also connecting us with people/companies that were in our target area. I've told all of my other vet buddies to check them out, they offer a terrific service and only ask that you help out a vet down the road.

4

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

Four Block does a phenomenal job assisting veterans with their career transitions. I have personally witnessed the transformation of seasoned military veterans with high potential but near-zero corporate awareness, to polished business leaders ready to take on the challenge of the civilian workforce. The Four Block team understands the needs of veterans, leverages appropriate corporate leadership resources, and goes above and beyond to create successful transition stories. I am thrilled that I became acquainted with this wonderful program and its leadership, and I look forward to supporting for years to come.

4 Don_49

Volunteer

Rating: 5

While my company has supported this organization for several years, I was first exposed to them in the February of 2016. As a volunteer I attended most of the semester for a group of student veterans. The growth in this group was outstanding. The lesson plan has been designed a program to help student veterans prepare for the transition from military to the corporate world. The skills range from how to dress and prepare an elevator pitch to writing an effective resume and LinkedIn profile. I would highly recommend this program for any student veteran. As a veteran myself, I could have benefited greatly from this program in my own transition.

4

Volunteer

Rating: 5

FourBlock has been a partner of our company for the last several years. Within the last year, we've partnered with them at my local office. The program is phenomenal. As a veteran myself, I have been involved with several veterans organizations over the years. Of any of them, I've enjoyed the level and scale of impact that this organization is able to have. It's a wonderful experience to be a part of, and is as relevant and fulfilling to the volunteers as it is to the veterans being served. This is a first class organization all the way,

4

Client Served

Rating: 5

This group educates and transitions Veterans from Active Duty through Corporate Placement. Four Block is run, from the top down, by driven professionals that care only for the soldiers and sailors. Look to Four Block for polished young men and women, with proven leadership experience, to hit the ground running in your world class organizations.

3

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

I am a coordinator for student veterans at a university. After being introduced to the Four Block program approximately one year ago, I have witnessed the positive outcomes for myself. I have been fortunate enough to act as somewhat of a liaison to Four Block providing information and recommending the program to our student veteran population. The difference in poise, confidence, marketability, and all-round career readiness in our participating students is night and day. I see a greater degree of focus displayed by these students, with a clear objective and a calculated, strategic path to realizing it. These individuals definitely have a leg-up on their peers upon entering the corporate workforce after graduation and undoubtedly that advantage was earned through dedication to the Four Block Career Development Program.

2

Donor

Rating: 5

FourBlock is one of the few organizations I have worked with in the Veterans space who defines the problem and; both articulates and implements the evidence-based strategies
they use and will use to achieve their goals. They have a clear vision and mission and are led by a Founder who is deeply knowledgeable, credible and engaged.

2 Erle H.

Client Served

Rating: 4

The mission of the Four Block program to best serve our veterans via employment is key to their future professional successes. Monica and the course curriculum helped me to move in a new professional direction and I successfully made that transition on September 1st. Thank you so very much.

- Erle

2

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

As a Recruiter at Amazon and a fellow Veteran I thoroughly enjoy working with Four Block. There are many veteran organizations out there but they take it to another level. Monica is a very passionate leader who goes the extra mile to help the veterans. She is an excellent career coach and she is very knowledgeable in her field.

~Colby Williamson
Amazon Military Recruiting

2

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

I was a FourBlock student while still a senior in college following my active duty service in the US Army. The insight and mindset taught by my instructor Monica was extremely valuable. I also would like to thank Mike Abrams for creating the organization and for the phone conversation we had. I am now starting a career with my dream organization and I doubt it could have happened without my experiences with FourBlock!

1

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

I met Mike Abrams a couple of years ago. I wasn't aware of any private organizations out there at the time, who understood the hardships our Veterans have trying to transition from Military life into civilian life. Mike "gets it" because he lived through it and leading once again through example. Thank you for all the hard work you do to help our Veterans.
Carrie Farley
Proud Mother of SSG Derek J. Farley
Department of NY, President of American Gold Star Mothers, Inc.

1

Client Served

Rating: 5

Four Block has been an instrumental educational experience that has contributed to my successful transition from military service. I am in the Pacific Northwest and was introduced to Monica McNeal, Four Block Program Manager, through a mutual connection. I knew of Four Block from a previous program, but remained hesitant about enquiring for information. I am so glad I changed my mind about enrollment. The program offers many ways to help veterans, like myself, gain experience through structured classes, corporation visits, and distinguished speakers. I was surrounded by fellow veterans who had the same fears about how we need to proceed to showcase our talents for future employment. Luckily, the class prepared us for employer expectations and how we present our best self when addressing recruiters and hiring managers. I am well equipped for my future and feel confident about what I bring to an employer.

I have already recommended the program to other veterans based on my positive experience alone. Thank you Monica and Four Block for the many materials and experiences that I can take with me where ever I go. This is a program that no veteran who is unsure should be without.