SAN JOSE, January 5, 2016 – The eMentor Program, a partnership of AcademyWomen and the U.S. Chamber of Commerce Foundation’s Hiring our Heroes, is joining forces with the Air Force Association (AFA) and Air Force Sergeant’s Association (AFSA). The purpose is to offer all transitioning Airmen online mentorship support from veteran Air Force mentors and non-veteran corporate mentors through the award-winning, web-based eMentor Leadership Program. eMentor includes distinct programs for veterans and military spouses: the Veteran and Military Spouse eMentor Programs, both launched in 2012 as a collaboration of the nonprofit organizations AcademyWomen and the U.S. Chamber of Commerce Foundation Hiring our Heroes.
Many veterans and military spouses find themselves daunted by the transition to civilian careers due to limited professional networks, a lack of direct experience in particular jobs or industries, and strong cultural differences between the military and civilian worlds. Designed to bridge the gap between the organizations seeking hires and this vast pool of talent, the eMentor Program offers a solution of support, trusted networking, and success. Transitioning service members, veterans and spouses simply log onto the site, create a profile and can then search for and select a mentor. They can also participate in discussion forums or the Q&A area on the website where all members can interact. Once paired with a mentor, protégés receive guidance and support in job seeking, career transition, career advancement, industry-specific knowledge, and work/life balance from their volunteer mentors. Membership is free to both mentors and protégés.
According to the President of AcademyWomen, Susan Feland, “Having a mentor who can provide insights into civilian careers and corporate hiring practices removes some of the anxiety of navigating a new career path in the corporate world. Mentoring provides the guidance and support for veterans and spouses to gain the confidence to pursue their dream jobs!”
“AFA is thrilled to have found the eMentor Program,” says Jim Lauducci, Chairman of AFA’s Transition Services Committee. “We were searching for a powerful mentorship tool to support our transitioning Airmen and didn’t want to start from scratch.” According to Mark Stevenson, AFSA’s COO, “the eMentor Program is a perfect fit for our goal of giving our Airmen strong support with their transitions. We are also excited about being able to offer a proven mentorship program to all Air Force spouses. We are urging all interested AFA and AFSA members to join as mentors before February 15 when we hope to open enrollment to transitioning Airmen, job-seeking veterans and spouses.”
Visit ementorprogram.org to learn more about the Veteran and Military Spouse eMentor Programs or to register to participate.