Editor’s Note: Our Military Community Resource Spotlight is an Q&A that provides information about organizations that serve military spouses and their families. The purpose is to connect military spouses with available resources designed to help them thrive in military life.
This week’s military community resource spotlight is The Paradigm Switch.
Organization’s Name: The Paradigm Switch
Year Established: 2017
What is The Paradigm Switch’s mission?
Vision: Unleash the unlimited potential of military spouses.
Mission: Empower military spouses to work anywhere.
We are AUTHENTIC. We keep it real.
We are BRAVE. We take a stand – even when it’s hard.
We are KIND. We are considerate of others.
We are DOERS and DREAMERS. We walk the talk.
We get to YES. We find ways to make the impossible happen.
What services does your organization offer military spouses?
We are building a global digital community for military spouses by military spouses, offering a full spectrum of resources that enable spouses to unleash their unlimited potential both personally and professionally. We discover and provide access to resources and communities that empower military spouses to take control of their careers.
Resources include access to untapped networks and opportunities outside of the military community as well as scholarships to skills-based training and certifications in high demand career fields.
How does your organization specifically meet the needs of today’s military family?
We are giving the military spouse permission to put herself (himself also) first!
It’s about YOU. YOUR career. YOUR earning potential. YOUR goals and YOUR dreams.
What impact does TPS want to have on the world?
We want to build an ecosystem of independent, confident and employed military spouses who are able to work anywhere.
We also want to educate the general population on the military spouse community and showcase them in a positive narrative.
We also want to provide financial support to educational opportunities that promote careers; not jobs.
What does your organization do differently than any other military community organization or resource?
We are providing scholarships to education opportunities and building an inclusive global community of military spouses who are switching the conversation from kids and deployments to economic empowerment.
What is your most underutilized program/service?
I think it’s too early to tell.
The Paradigm Switch was originally founded in 2017 with the mission to award scholarships for skill-based programs to veterans and military spouses to address unemployment and underemployment. As we began to release scholarships at the beginning of the year, we noticed that only veterans were applying and we were falling into the exact same trap most veteran service organizations are facing.
Spouses were coming second and we wanted to do better.
As a result, we relaunched on May 11, 2018, and have completely rebranded our organization to serve spouses only. So far everything is going great. We have reached well over 100 users in our first week and are just about to release our first round of scholarships.
Anything else you’d like our readers to know about your organization?
We want spouses to know that with The Paradigm Switch, they are first.
We are not asking about your spouse’s rank or what he/she does for a living.
We are not about the divide between officers and enlisted and we certainly do not believe one spouse is better due to years of service or what volunteer leadership roles you have/have not held.
We honor the experience that comes with years of living this life, but we do not value any one spouse over another.