The Wily Program
We believe in the power of deep, trusting relationships.
With Wily by their side, Scholars can keep pace with their peers academically, despite the challenges they face while navigating college. Scholars’ personal success depends on the crucial ingredients of the Wily program: consistent emotional and financial support, a community on which they can rely, and opportunities to network that ensure they build the skills needed for an independent future.
1. Clinical Coaching
Scholars and clinically trained coaches form authentic and meaningful relationships in which students feel both validated and accountable. Students and coaches meet weekly, on campus, to collaborate, identify, and work toward goals. Additionally, coaches are available 24/7 when more support is needed or crises arise.
2. Supplemental Financial Support
Worry over food security, health care and overall financial stability is a constant for Wily Scholars, with negative impacts on their emotional well-being. To enable students to focus on academics, Wily provides a monthly stipend as well as financial assistance to cover gaps in their budgets for both expected and unexpected necessitities.
3. Community-Building and Networking
In addition to our cornerstone Community Day events and holiday gatherings, Wily holds monthly Dining Out with Wily dinners, as well as frequent meet-ups for museum tours, movies, or bowling. Through these opportunities, Scholars develop peer relationships and build a community where they feel accepted and know that they belong.
Wily connects Scholars to professionals in a wide variety of fields to cultivate their interests, polish their skills, and generate summer internship and career opportunities that will lead to post-graduate success.
As we all know, responding responsibly during the COVID-19 global pandemic includes social distancing. At Wily, we suddenly needed to make drastic changes to our programs after long relying on face-to-face interactions to provide opportunities for our Pack to connect. Still, we found ways to stay Wily:
- Our monthly newsletters became twice-weekly, with content ranging from recognizing mental health needs to suggestions for at-home entertainment, including the creation of a Book Club.
- Thanks to Zoom and UberEats, 18 Scholars and 8 staff members attended our first of many virtual dinners.
- Our group chat app featured daily games with buring questions such as “Waffles or pancakes?” leading to passionate debates.
Like most of the world, we are still adjusting to the “new normal” that faces our community, but our consistent contact with Scholars reminds them that we – their Pack – are there for them, no matter where, no matter what.