Support Women Veterans and Military Spouses by Becoming a Mentor
Posted by YWM on December 23, 2011
Yesterday BPW Foundation took the first step in deploying Joining Forces for Women Veterans and Military Spouses Mentoring Plus! We invite women from across the country to join us in this unique program that will lay the foundation for helping women veterans and military spouses find successful employment and careers in the coming year and beyond.
The purpose of the Joining Forces for Women Veterans and Military Spouses Mentoring Plus is to provide a mechanism for women veterans and military wives to use the support and guidance of a mentoring relationship to assist in their successfully obtaining meaningful employment and a career in their field of interest.
During this first phase we are asking those who would like to be Mentors and/or a Subject Matter Expert (SME) to sign up on our new Joining Forces for Women Veterans and Military Spouses Mentoring Plus webpage. Both of these groups will help women veterans and military wives in their journey to meaningful employment or business ownership. BPW Foundation will build its Mentor and SME pool starting now through the first quarter of 2012 and beyond, so that we will have a ready group of mentors when we begin matching with mentees. Women wishing to be mentored can begin signing up on January 18, 2012.
Built on BPW Foundation’s history of women-helping-women, this program will enable professional working women (veterans and civilians) to tap their own workplace and transition experiences, to help women veterans successfully enter and advance in the civilian workforce. We will be working with women of all ages, eras, ranks and skill levels.
BPW Foundation first became interested in the transition of women veterans from military to civilian careers in 2005. We made a commitment to better understand the employment transition of women veterans, conducting research among 1,600 women veterans of all eras. The results highlighted translation and portability of skills as major obstacles and underscored an overwhelming gap in career and employment support among the growing population of military women upon their return to civilian life.
Armed with this learning, BPW Foundation initiated studies and engaged private and public sector partners to outline employment access strategies, culminating in October 2010 with the inaugural Joining Forces for Women Veterans National Summit. More than 75 leaders from private sector businesses, local and national government agencies, and non profit organizations joined with women veterans for a full-day’s discussion of reintegration issues, employment, and homelessness.
BPW Foundation’s Joining Forces for Women Veterans and Military Spouses Mentoring Plus was conceived and developed following this conference to address the critical ongoing need for informed, committed mentors to position and educate women veterans as they search for new employment, hone their career goals, and package their military skills and experience to gain access to successful civilian careers. First Lady Michelle Obama and Dr. Jill Biden recognized this “mentorship gap” in their selection of BPW Foundation to implement a large-scale mentoring initiative to benefit women veterans and military wives within the White House’s national Joining Forces effort.
We encourage you to sign up today to become a Mentor and/or a Subject Matter Expert (SME) and make and support women veterans and military wives in their journey to meaningful employment or business ownership. Please join us in this important work to give back to those who have served us.
Visit the mentoring sign up page.
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