American Corporate Partners (ACP) and IBM are partnering to help veterans returning Iraq and Afghanistan transition in to civilian life by supplying career development, networking and small business start-up advice.
IBM plans to use their volunteer recruiting program, On Demand Community, to help find mentors in New York, Raleigh/Durham, Denver, Washington D.C., and San Francisco. They will also give each veteran access to the web-based Small Business Toolkit which will give veterans advice and resources for any business start-ups.
“The addition of American Corporate Partners gives IBM volunteers another opportunity to share their wisdom,” commented former U.S. Air Force Brigadier General and current IBM vice president for the U.S. Department of Defense, Gary Ambrose. “IBM volunteers are not only caring, but they have a lot of constructive and practical advice they can share with veterans based on their own professional experiences. This is the right thing to do for the returning men and women who have given so much to their country.”
According to ACP the program is run as follows:
- Mentors are chosen by ACP Staff. The ideal mentor is over 35 years old and has significant corporate experience
- Mentors and Proteges are matched one-on-one by city and according to their mentoring preferences
- ACP encourages Mentors and Proteges to spend four hours together monthly engaging in the activities of their choice
- The mentoring commitment is for one year, with both parties encouraged to maintain the relationship for a considerably greater period of time
- Once matched, ACP staff will be in contact regularly to track the progress of the relationship
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