Supporting Wily Scholars Through this Crisis
This moment is the mission of Wily. The COVID-19 crisis has demonstrated that Wily Scholars can count on us to serve as their safety net, advocate, champion and shoulder to cry on. As one student said, we are their “frontline workers”.
Throughout the COVID-19 crisis, the Wily Network continues our important work with Wily Scholars. Helping to secure housing, food and mental health services for our Scholars during the coming months is Wily’s top priority. To date, we have been able to ensure that every Scholar will have their basic needs met. Clinical coaches meet virtually with their students, and Wily provides group programming using a variety of online platforms to keep Scholars connected during this period of social disconnection.
Wily staff are working to respond quickly to students’ urgent needs as they transition back to their respective college campuses this fall. While many Scholars will be able to return, there is still tremendous uncertainty. Wily is here for them, no matter what the upcoming months may bring.
I just wanted to say, I don’t know what I’d do without the Wily Network. Times like these remind me of how lucky I am to have connected with you and the program four years ago. I feel completely safe during this insane time knowing I have Wily. My heart goes out to the students in my situation who don't have that right now.
Virtual Coaching Sessions
To maintain the safety of Scholars and Clinical Coaches, coaching sessions are now held virtually–either by phone, video conferencing, or FaceTime. As always, a coach is available to Scholars 24/7, providing extra support in this turbulent time. In addition to the usual coaching topics, emphasis has been placed on navigating the many academic, financial, and emotional challenges the COVID-19 crisis has created. Coaches are able to support Scholars as they work through complicated feelings about their current situations and ensure that each student’s needs are met.
Dining In with Wily
Wily has moved monthly “Dining Out with Wily” dinners, usually provided by local restaurants, to virtual dinners with take-out from local restaurants. Even with physical distance, we are still joining together as a community to share a meal and talk. Wily Scholars and staff use this time to connect, catch up on the month’s events, and remember that we will always have the Pack’s support. Wily is also hosting trivia nights and other fun virtual activities for all Scholars who wish to attend and have fun with their peers.
Resume and Interview Prep
Even as the world adjusts to a new way of life, Wily Scholars still recognize the need to prepare for their future. Wily is providing virtual resume and interview preparation to all Scholars during this time and is supporting Scholars as they search for employment and internship opportunities. This support is crucial in ensuring Scholars’ financial security.
Thanks to our generous donors, Wily was able to deliver “COVID Care Packages” to many Scholars during the spring and summer months. These packages helped students focus during an extremely stressful time and served as a welcome reminder of the care and support available from the entire Wily community.