Employment, Job Related

FOUR BLOCK FOUNDATION INC

Veteran Career Readiness

New York, NY   |  www.fourblock.org

Mission

FourBlock Foundation inspires transitioning veterans to reach their potential and equips them to achieve the best careers possible.

Ruling year info

2014

Founder

Michael Abrams

Executive Director

Lauren Schulz

Main address

230 Park Avenue 30th Floor

New York, NY 10169 USA

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EIN

46-3575713

Cause area (NTEE code) info

Employment Training (J22)

IRS filing requirement

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Communication

Programs and results

What we aim to solve

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

We are seeking to bridge the civilian-military divide that in many cases inhibits transitioning service members from reaching their professional potential. Through our program, service members and executives meet, teach one another and build relationships. Through these interactions, the gap is bridged and employers hire the right veterans for their companies, and veterans pursue careers that are right for them.

Our programs

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

What are the organization's current programs, how do they measure success, and who do the programs serve?

Veteran Career Readiness Program

The Four Block Career Readiness Program provides transitioning Post-9/11 veterans with the essential tools needed to jumpstart civilian careers. The goal of the program is to empower veterans, who are pursuing or have obtained their degrees, to obtain competitive internships and full-time positions at companies or organizations that match their interests, attributes, and strengths.

Veterans emerge from our program equipped with:
- A community of veteran colleagues and industry professionals that will support them in beginning a new career
- Personalized career search strategy and execution plan
- Ability to communicate military experiences and qualifications into relevant business contexts
- Proficiency and confidence in writing targeted resumes and conducting successful interviews
- Corporate cultural competency and networking strategies for building professional relationships

Program participants meet once a week over the course of a semester and receive over thirty hours of classroom instruction, practical application and one-on-one mentorship. All classroom instruction is taught at a corporation, providing a "work-day” type experience for the participants. The practical application portion of the course is a series of networking events hosted by participating corporations where hiring managers, senior executives and veteran employees teach our veterans about their industry, company, as well as various career paths. All veterans are offered follow-on support and mentorship after completing the course and many return to the program to mentor and support the next cohort of transitioning veterans.

Population(s) Served
Military personnel
Budget
$400,000

Four Block is command sponsored by the U.S. Marine Corps and U.S. Navy at Walter Reed National Military Medical Center in Bethesda, Maryland where we work with the Marine Corps and Navy leadership to prepare and support severely wounded, recovering Marines, Sailors and their families for life after the military. After being assigned a Marine or Sailor by leadership at Walter Reed, Four Block works one-on-one with the Marine, Sailor and his or her family to craft and execute a personalized plan for their successful transition out of the military. Our relationships with assigned Marines and Sailors may last several years as some have endured 50+ surgeries and lengthy rehabilitation periods before retiring from active service and transitioning into the civilian world.

Population(s) Served
Military personnel
Budget
$75,000

Where we work

Our results

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

How does this organization measure their results? It's a hard question but an important one.

Number of participants who gain employment

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Population(s) Served

Military personnel,Veterans

Related Program

Veteran Career Readiness Program

Context Notes

Number of our student-veteran participants who were successful in obtaining competitive internships or full-time positions at companies across the U.S.

Number of employer partners offering jobs to clients

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Population(s) Served

Military personnel,Veterans

Related Program

Veteran Career Readiness Program

Context Notes

Number of companies that hired our veteran participants. Partner companies include Amazon, Goldman Sachs, HP, IBM, JPMorgan Chase, NBC, National Football League and Pfizer.

Number of participants engaged in programs

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Population(s) Served

Military personnel,Veterans

Related Program

Veteran Career Readiness Program

Context Notes

Number of student-veterans participates who completed our Veteran Career Readiness Program.

Number of students registered for online courses

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Population(s) Served

Military personnel,Veterans

Context Notes

In partnership with Udemy.com, we launch an asynchronous online version of our Veteran Career Readiness Program in which 1,123 participants have enrolled to-date. Link: udemy.com/militarytransition

Number of accolades/recognition received from third-party organizations

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Population(s) Served

Military personnel,Veterans

Related Program

Veteran Career Readiness Program

Context Notes

2017: GreatNonprofits Top-Rated, America’s Best Charities Seal of Excellence, BBB Accredited Charity

Charting impact

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

Five powerful questions that require reflection about what really matters - results.

What is the organization aiming to accomplish?

Our vision is to become the premiere veteran professional network.

Our strategy is to tap into the incredible network of young veteran professionals across the country who want to give back and assist today's returning veterans in a meaningful way.

Through our partnerships with colleges and top employers across the country, we plan on leverage our collective assets to create the network needed to deliver our program.

Below are the key metrics that we are tracking to measure growth and progress toward our goals:<br/><br/>- Number of veterans participating in our program<br/>- Number of veterans that are successfully graduating from degree or certificate programs<br/>- Number of veterans obtaining internships and full-time positions<br/>- Program satisfaction results from veterans<br/>- Types of positions and the profile of the companies hiring our veterans<br/>- Length of stay (retention) of veterans in full-time positions<br/>- Engagement of veteran alumni as mentors, instructors and employers for the subsequent cohort of veteran participants

We currently have programs running in fifteen cities across the country. Over one thousand veterans have participated in our program in these locations with many obtaining competitive internships and full-time positions at companies like Accenture, Amazon, CBS, Council on Foreign Relations, Disney, General Electric, Goldman Sachs, Guggenheim Partners, JPMorgan Chase, Marsh & McLennan Companies, NASA, NBCUniversal, Pfizer, PwC and State Street Bank. Columbia University hosts our course on its learning management system, allowing us to reach veterans nationally. Our program is also accredited at Fordham University and the University of Washington.

Financials

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Operations

The people, governance practices, and partners that make the organization tick.

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FOUR BLOCK FOUNDATION INC

Board of directors
as of 4/29/2019
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
Board chair

Bill Murray

Michael Abrams

Columbia University

William Murray

U.S. Marine Corps

Missy Owens

Coca-Cola

Rick Miners

Entrepreneur

Chris Vasiliou

American Airlines, Radius Travel

Rich Stehl

Otterbourg, P.C.

Darren Sumter

LinkedIn

Board leadership practices

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  • Board orientation and education
    Does the board conduct a formal orientation for new board members and require all board members to sign a written agreement regarding their roles, responsibilities, and expectations? Yes
  • CEO oversight
    Has the board conducted a formal, written assessment of the chief executive within the past year ? Yes
  • Ethics and transparency
    Have the board and senior staff reviewed the conflict-of-interest policy and completed and signed disclosure statements in the past year? Yes
  • Board composition
    Does the board ensure an inclusive board member recruitment process that results in diversity of thought and leadership? Yes
  • Board performance
    Has the board conducted a formal, written self-assessment of its performance within the past three years? No

Keywords

veteran, career development, military transition, education, mentoring