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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

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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.

3

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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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.

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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!!!

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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.