January 25, 2016
Spouseforce will provide Salesforce Administrator training and other career resources to military spouses
Partnership to address unemployment and underemployment disparities facing military spouses
La Quinta, CA – At the 5th Annual Health Matters Activation Summit today, Blue Star Families (BSF) and the Clinton Health Matters Initiative (CHMI), an initiative of the Clinton Foundation, announced a partnership to provide Salesforce Administrator training to military spouses. The Blue Star Spouseforce partnership will also provide military spouses with the training and mentorship needed to successfully enter the technology industry.
This effort aims to give military spouses the benefits of flexible careers in technology that are rewarding, well compensated, and contribute toward the 21st century workforce and economy. BSF’s 2015 Annual Military Lifestyle Survey (AMLS) found that female military spouses experience unemployment at nearly three times the rate of their civilian counterparts despite also demonstrating greater educational and professional experience than the general population.
Spouseforce will address this gap and reduce the unemployment and underemployment rate among military spouses who participate in the training program and increase the percentage of military spouses in the program paid at or above the average salary level for their position and level of education, ultimately ensuring financial security for military communities and families.
The 2015 AMLS further indicated that spouse employment is one of the top 3 issues concerning America’s military families. With the service member’s income set, the greatest opportunity to address this challenge is to provide military spouses with the tools and resources necessary to identify and pursue a stable, successful career.
CHMI aims to improve the health and wellbeing of all people by increasing the capacity of communities and organizations to implement life-improving practices and programs. The Spouseforce partnership builds upon CHMI’s focus on the role of steady employment in one’s ability to live a healthy and productive life. An individual’s overall health is influenced by multiple factors, including healthcare quality and access, lifestyle behaviors, socioeconomic status, and access to a healthy environment. Spouseforce seeks to use this multi-faceted perspective to further reduce mental and physical health issues brought on by the stress and anxiety that military spouses and their dependents experience while struggling to find a job.
Spouseforce builds on a history of partnership between Blue Star Families and the Clinton Foundation that includes two Clinton Global Initiative (CGI) Commitments to Action to increase awareness, promote healthier military families, and provide resources and support to military family members.
In addition to their collaborations with the Clinton Foundation, Blue Star Careers provides a broad range of military spouse employment and education initiatives designed to support military family members throughout their entire career path. These initiatives include the Blue Star Spouse Employment Toolkit, a comprehensive career guide, developed exclusively for military spouses, that targets and addresses the unique employment challenges military spouses face; Blue Star Networks, Facebook groups where military spouse professionals gather to share professional information, network and get the scoop on licensing requirements across the country; Blue Star Jobs which leverages technology to offer military spouses an online job-matching database where they can find one-time jobs or short-term contract projects that allow them to work remotely and within their unique schedule constraints; and Blue Star Networks Live!, events that connect military spouses to a network of industry executives looking to provide career development and employment opportunities compatible with the military lifestyle.
Spouseforce takes the next logical step to pioneer an effort to solve two pressing social issues: the underemployment of military spouses and the underrepresentation of women in the technology industry. Salesforce leads train-to-hire technology cohorts, equipping military spouses with a career path that is often highly portable and affording them an opportunity to build their career despite the challenges presented by the military lifestyle. Given the technology industry’s recent pledge to hire 90,000 veterans and military spouses, this Blue Star Families initiative leads the charge with an attentive market that is eager to embark on a meaningful career path. For more information, visit bluestarfamilies.org/spouseforce.
About Blue Star Families
Blue Star Families is a national, nonprofit network of military families from all ranks and services, including guard and reserve, dedicated to supporting, connecting and empowering military families. With our partners, Blue Star Families hosts a robust array of morale and empowerment programs. Blue Star Families also works directly with the Department of Defense and senior members of local, State and Federal government to bring the most important military family issues to light. Working in concert with fellow nonprofits, community advocates and public officials, Blue Star Families raises awareness of the challenges and strengths of military family life and works to make military life more sustainable. Our worldwide membership includes military spouses, children, parents and friends, as well as service members, veterans and civilians. For more information visit bluestarfamilies.org, facebook.com/bluestarfamilies or twitter.com/BlueStarFamily.
About the Clinton Foundation
The Clinton Foundation convenes businesses, governments, NGOs, and individuals to improve global health and wellness, increase opportunity for girls and women, reduce childhood obesity, create economic opportunity and growth, and help communities address the effects of climate change. Because of our work, more than 30,000 American schools are providing kids with healthy food choices in an effort to eradicate childhood obesity; more than 85,000 farmers in Malawi, Rwanda, and Tanzania are benefiting from climate-smart agronomic training, higher yields, and increased market access; more than 33,500 tons of greenhouse gas emissions are being reduced annually across the United States; over 400,000 people have been impacted through market opportunities created by social enterprises in Latin America, the Caribbean, and South Asia; through the independent Clinton Health Access Initiative, 9.9 million people in more than 70 countries have access to CHAI-negotiated prices for HIV/AIDS medications; 85 million people in the U.S. will be reached through strategic health partnerships developed across industry sectors at both the local and national level; and members of the Clinton Global Initiative community have made more than 3,400 Commitments to Action, which have improved the lives of over 430 million people in more than 180 countries. Learn more at http://www.clintonfoundation.org, on Facebook at Facebook.com/ClintonFoundation and on Twitter @ClintonFdn.