Wily Facts


Judi Alperin King, Ph.D.


November 24, 2014

Not for Profit Status

The Wily Network is an IRS-approved 501(c)3 charity.

Long-Term Goal

To improve college graduation outcomes for independent students at four-year residential college programs by establishing the Wily Network on college campuses in the Greater Boston area.  The Wily Network provides intensive and extensive services in each student’s college community.

Immediate Goal

To continue to develop formal partnerships with local colleges and increase the number of Wily Scholars.

Who We Work With

Wily Scholars are college students who lack a permanent family to support them through college. They are foster care alumni, legally homeless young adults, and students who for other reasons are navigating college without a family.

Estimated Costs

The Wily Network expects to spend about $50,000 per student over a four- to six-year college program to provide support services as needed. (The costs of attendance, including tuition, room and board, are not covered by the Wily Network.)


The Wily Network employs one-to-one coaching, mentoring, tutoring, group programming, and networking to support students as they

  • transition to college
  • navigate all stages of college life, from orientation through graduation
  • identify and secure year-round housing
  • address any health and food security issues
  • build their community.

Wily Coaches work directly with students on campus at each college and utilize outside resources through the Wily Network home office. The Wily Network assists students secure academic counseling and reinforcement; help students develop and leverage personal networks and secure financial assistance; and ensure that they have year-round housing, food security, and health care commensurate to that of their college peers. Staff are on-call 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.

The Wily Network Provides

  • on-campus coaching
  • supplementary financial support as detailed in The Wily Network Agreement
  • community-building and networking opportunities.