Comprehensive college support programs began in the late 1990s and have proven successful in 25 states. The Wily Network has brought this highly effective movement to Greater Boston, and replicates the best practices from programs around the country. We are now one of the largest programs in the nation.
We collaborated on program development with the University of Michigan’s nationally recognized Blavin Scholars Program, and we continue to share resources with them. We also partner with the Center for Fostering Success at Western Michigan University, home to one of the largest programs for students who have aged out of the foster care system. Wily makes use of the Center for Fostering Success’ services for our paid supervision and training, as well as frequent consultation.
The Wily Network also participates in a forum of innovative organizations that work with foster care students, established through a grant from the J.E. & Z.B. Butler Foundation. This group includes many of the successful programs in the Greater Boston area that serve children and young adults who have been in foster care, including Silver Lining Mentoring, Doc Wayne, the Treehouse Foundation, More Than Words, CASA Boston, MARE and Plumber Home.
We are continually learning from our organizational partners, and we regularly assess and adjust our services in order to meet national best practice standards.