What is behind the name The Wily Network?

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The name The Wily Network recognizes the journey of students aging out of the foster care system, or for other reasons reaching adulthood without a family to support them, and transitioning to college.

These young adults have needed to be Wily in order to gain college admission without the support of a permanent family. To reach college, these students have often had to be single-minded, strategic, and focused on their own path. As they transition into college life, they face the challenge of integrating their existing skills into a new environment and developing new skills.  All students need a Network to thrive in college and must learn to rely on the strength of their community, to have interdependent relationships, and to utilize the resources available to them on the college campus and beyond.

The Wily Network is committed to honoring existing Wily skills and to supporting scholars by creating a dynamic Network to ensure their success in college and beyond.