The Human Resiliency Institute At Fordham
  • Conducts research into veterans' transition needs.
  • Adapted "Resiliency Edge" program to create support program to help veterans make successful transitions to civilian life.
Operating out of Fordham's Graduate School of Education, the Institute expands upon work initiated by Reclaiming the Sky, a non-profit that supported workers' resiliency after 9/11.

The 4 resiliency strengths used in Edge4Vets come from the stories of 9/11 heroes profiled in Reclaiming The Sky.


 
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Turning Strengths of Military Service Into "Tools" for a Job and Career

Edge4Vets helps veterans translate their strengths from the military, including strong core values and skills, into tools for civilian success. The program helps them meet challenges and seize opportunities to find a job and career in America's workplace of the future.

In a series of workshops based on a resiliency training model that's been used successfully with 35,000 employees in aviation, health care and hospitality, veterans get support from business mentors who participate with them in the translation process. The mentors help them identify strengths they developed in the military and apply their strengths for success in school, work - and life.

1. Edge4Vets "Resiliency" Workshop Series

Returning to school after the military can be daunting as veterans find themselves readjusting to the "fluidity" of civilian life after living in an environment where many of the rules, regulations and processes were "fixed." In addition, many find themselves going from the "desert to a college desk" within 30 days, adding to the culture shock.

The Edge4Vets workshop series was introduced in 2011 for veterans studying at Fordham University in NY. Based on that success, the program was expanded in 2012 to give veterans from a dozen schools, including CUNY (City University of NY) schools, a chance to learn how to get the most out of school and build support networks with business professionals, as shown in this photo of veterans participating at a workshop hosted by Bernstein Global Wealth Management in 2013.



In 2013, the program will be expanded to veterans studying in all NYC schools. Edge4Vets provides the three resiliency workshops over the course of a semester, including:

  • Orientation workshop

  • Implementing your
    action plan

  • Sharpening your
    "Edge"

Read detail on how the three work in concert to produce a system of support.


2. Vocational Workshop Program

Based on the success of the program for veterans in schools, the Human Resiliency Institute has developed a program with a group of Life Sciences companies in Boston, led by Covidien, to use Edge4Vets to "Prep" and "Connect" vets for jobs in Life Sciences, Massachusetts fastest growing industry.

The Human Resiliency Institute is working with Carnival Corp, the Batchelor Foundation as well as corporate, civic and veterans' group leaders to bring the Edge4Vets program to South Florida, with a target start date of Fall, 2013.

3. Fordham Resource Center

To ensure long-term benefits for veterans participating in program, the Human Resiliency Institute, in the Graduate School of Education, has enlisted two academic partners at Fordham, the Graduate School of Social Service and Fordham's Veterans' Initiative, to participate in a Resource Center.

The Resource Center will provide links to sources for counseling, guidance and professional support - as well as offer an online vet-to-vet peer support feature.

Participants in the program will have the ability to share their transition stories to support other veterans and demonstrate the value of a "Spirit of Community Service."

For more information, contact:

Tom Murphy
Director,
Human Resiliency Institute at Fordham University
(Graduate School of Education)
Tom@reclaimingthesky.com
360-731-0603

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