We define empower as sharing information and building meaningful relationships to help take control of one’s transition throughout life and their overall well-being.
Our Mission is to Empower military Veterans to take control of their transition throughout life.”
Empowerment is based on the idea that giving Veterans the resources, opportunities, purpose and motivation they need to become more productive in their communities.
The concept of empower consists of three core components – Camaraderie, Employment and Education.
Our Social & Community Involvement Program
Our Social and Community Involvement Program (SCIP) builds on our belief that engagement is directly related to empowerment. SCIP provides recreational therapy that helps Veterans improve their physical, mental and emotional wellbeing. SCIP provides opportunities for Veterans to engage and interact in their local communities, which helps them to create a support system for challenging times.
Our Employment Readiness Program
Our Employment Readiness Program (ERP) focuses on creating pipelines to careers for Veterans through direct access to local employers helping mitigate hiring barriers that Veterans face. Many service members leaving the military and relocating to Chicago are not prepared for the transition and as a result, struggle to find employment.
Our Educational Peer Mentorship Program
Our Educational Peer Mentorship Program (EPMP) assists Veterans in two ways: (1) individual peer-to-peer mentorship and (2) group mentorship. Our peer-to-peer program connects a Veteran who has lived through a specific experience with a Veteran who is new to that experience; this allows for targeted guidance and assistance obtaining resources and benefits available in the specific situation. Group mentorship is provided through workshops and other group events.