Thank You Volunteers!

Volunteer Appreciation Week is April 19th – April 23rd. Thanks to our dedicated volunteers, we were able to remain steadfast in the face of adversity. Despite the challenges brought on by the pandemic, Wily has continued to show up for Scholars and provide stability in a time of confusion and uncertainty. Wily’s volunteers have been instrumental in making this happen.

What is Clinical Coaching?

One of the key components of our work at Wily is coaching – but what is a Wily Coach? Coaches walk side by side with students during their college journey, and are there to support students and navigate obstacles in their lives. Hear from coaches about how they work in meaningful, authentic partnerships with Scholars, and hear from Scholars about the positive impact coaching has on their college experience. 

We Are Wily

Take a closer look at the coach and Scholar relationship, and see how Wily works side by side with Scholars to navigate the college experience. Wily Scholars display incredible qualities that allow them to flourish in difficult circumstances. Students share their traits that they believe helped them get to where they are – what makes them Wily.

We Got a Cummings Grant!

The Wily Network is one of 130 local nonprofits to receive grants through Cummings Foundation’s $20 Million Grant Program. The Boston-based organization was chosen from a total of 738 applicants during a competitive review process.

The Cummings $20 Million Grant Program supports Massachusetts nonprofits that are based in and primarily serve Middlesex, Essex, and Suffolk counties. Through this initiative, Cummings Foundation aims to give back to the area where it owns commercial buildings. Founded in 1970 by Bill Cummings, the Woburn-based commercial real estate firm leases and manages 10 million square feet of debt-free space, the majority of which exclusively benefits the Foundation.

This year’s diverse group of grant recipients represents a wide variety of causes, including homelessness prevention, affordable housing, education, violence prevention, and food insecurity. The nonprofits are spread across 40 different cities and towns, and most will receive their grants over two to five years. The complete list of 130 grant winners is available at


Second Annual Speaker Series 2020

More than 150 guests were inspired by keynote speaker James Morton’s story, one of beating the odds through sheer determination and giving back by serving others. James spoke about how his personal history influenced him to dedicate his life to fighting systemic injustices. The Wily Pack Award is given to a Wily Scholar who has embraced all that the Wily Network offers, making the most of the resources and opportunities available. This year’s Pack Award was presented to Northeastern ‘20 Scholar Isiah Myers.

Annual Meeting of the Board and 5th Year Celebration 2020

Wily’s Annual Meeting of the Board and 5th Anniversary Celebration including a Scholar Panel, moderated by Ed Walkerand the presentation of the 2020 Wily Champion Award. Scholars SaffronChantel and Mathieu gave deeply moving testaments about their Wily moments and the significane of Wily’s presence in their lives. The Wily Champion award was presented to Sheila Murphy for using her extensive experience in higher education to propel Wily into existence.

Fall Community Day 2019

Scholars relish the opportunity to gather with their peers from other schools. In the Spring and Fall, Wily Scholars, Coaches and staff enjoyed a great turnout, beautiful weather, fun games and activities (some challenging, some relaxing), and delicious meals. Each Community Day reinforces and strengthens the relationships in the Wily Pack, providing a powerful resource for Scholars: each other.

With Wily 2019

Students share what they have experienced with Wily throughout their college careers.