The Wily Network Inc

Rely on the strength of your pack

Newton, MA   |  www.thewilynetwork.org

Mission

Wily works to ensure Scholars have the tools and networks necessary to thrive in four-year residential colleges and transition successfully into post-college life.

Ruling year info

2015

Executive Director

Judi Alperin King PhD

Main address

189 Wells Avenue Suite 301

Newton, MA 02459 USA

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EIN

47-2434992

NTEE code info

Services to Promote the Independence of Specific Populations (P80)

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Communication

Blog

Programs and results

What we aim to solve

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

At every college, there are students who are navigating their higher education without a safety net. They may have experienced homelessness or foster care, been denied family support due to their sexual orientation or gender identity, lost their parents, or have family members dealing with addiction, mental illness or incarceration. These talented, hard-working students have managed a lifetime of obstacles to gain admission to a four-year college. But when they arrive on campus, they face new challenges. Their needs are not met by their schools' safety nets for low-income students, and they often feel "different" and isolated on campus. As a result, these students have some of the highest drop-out rates in the country: at least twice as high as other first-generation students from low income families.

Our programs

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

What are the organization's current programs, how do they measure success, and who do the programs serve?

The Wily Network

Wily supports Scholar success through key elements of the Wily program: consistent emotional support, supplemental financial assistance, a community on which they can rely, and opportunities to network that ensure they build the skills needed for an independent future.

COACHING
Students and coaches meet weekly to collaboratively identify and work toward goals. Additionally, coaches are available 24/7 when more support is needed or crises arise.

FINANCIAL ASSISTANCE AND EDUCATION
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 expenses.

COMMUNITY-BUILDING AND NETWORKING
Wily’s regular events help Scholars develop peer relationships and build a community where they feel accepted and know that they belong.

Population(s) Served
Students

Where we work

Our results

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

How does this organization measure their results? It's a hard question but an important one.

Number of scholars who graduate from four year colleges and university within six years

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Population(s) Served

Young adults, Economically disadvantaged people

Related Program

The Wily Network

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Decreasing

Context Notes

As our program grows each year, more and more Scholars will successfully graduate.

Number of high school graduates who are persisting in college

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Population(s) Served

Young adults, Economically disadvantaged people

Related Program

The Wily Network

Type of Metric

Outcome - describing the effects on people or issues

Direction of Success

Holding steady

Context Notes

These are percentages. Unfortunately, COVID caused this metric to drop in 2021 as many students were unable to complete their semesters and lost their academic scholarships.

Total number of counseling sessions performed

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Population(s) Served

Young adults, Economically disadvantaged people

Related Program

The Wily Network

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

Though Wily's coaches are all licensed social workers, we really consider these to be coaching sessions, not counseling sessions

Our Sustainable Development Goals

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

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Goals & Strategy

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

Learn about the organization's key goals, strategies, capabilities, and progress.

Charting impact

Four powerful questions that require reflection about what really matters - results.

The Wily Network works to ensure that Scholars have the tools and networks necessary to thrive in four-year residential colleges, and transition successfully into post-college life. We partner with Wily Scholars throughout their college journeys, helping them manage obstacles and celebrate their successes. Our goal is to provide each student the support they need to reach graduation.

As one Scholar put it, "what the Wily Network does is help us manage the noise, and provide us support and care, so we can focus on what we came to school to do: get our degrees."

The Wily Network supports Scholar success through key elements of the Wily program: consistent emotional support, supplemental financial assistance, a community on which they can rely, and opportunities to network that ensure they build the skills needed for an independent future.

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.

Supplemental Financial Assistance: 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 necessities.

Community Building: 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.

Career Development: Our networking program helps Scholars build social capital by connecting them with professionals in their field, including members of our Young Professionals Association. Additionally, our annual Career Fair exposes Scholars to a variety of job and internship opportunities.

We have 15 staff members, including 8 Clinical Scholar Coaches and a Financial Aid Coach. Additionally, we have a 20 person board.

Our fundraising paradigm provides multi-year funding to increase our sustainability. Our Fund-A-Scholar program encourages donors to commit to making a $12,500 donation for four consecutive years, ensuring that we have the funds to see a Scholar through four years of the program. To date, we have 47 Scholars funded through our Fund-A-Scholar Program. We work to bring in new Fund-a-Scholar donors as previous donors’ four year commitments expire.

We started working with the first two Wily Scholars in 2016, and expanded quickly. By the time we celebrated our first graduations in 2018, we served more than 25 students.

We started out with the goal of supporting 50 students by 2020 – we hit that goal a year early. Today, the Wily Network works with more than 70 Scholars and has celebrated over 30 graduations. And we’re eager to continue growing and working with more Wily Scholars.

To date, 92% of Wily Scholars have graduated or met the requirements to continue as full time students each year.

Financials

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Operations

The people, governance practices, and partners that make the organization tick.

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The Wily Network Inc

Board of directors
as of 10/27/2022
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
Board chair

Katie Bramley

Allison Hirsch

Andrew Rudzinski

Boston Scientific

Sara Miller-Blanc

Drift

Jennifer Schoen

Northeastern University

Michael Julien

Populi

Katie Bramley

Kim Pappas

Nevin Chitkara

MFS Investment Management

Zach Martin

St. Sebastian's School

Don Bramley

Audax Private Equity

Tara Hendricks

InsideTracker

Scott Steele

Beacon Academy

Sharisse Perry

Cail Perry and Associates

Osamagbe Osagie

The Carroll School

Judi Alperin King

The Wily Network

Cindy Lawry

Alain Mathieu

Mintz

Arvind Selvakesari

Babson College Board Fellow

Heidi Ziobro

Babson College Board Fellow

Board leadership practices

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

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  • Board orientation and education
    Does the board conduct a formal orientation for new board members and require all board members to sign a written agreement regarding their roles, responsibilities, and expectations? No
  • CEO oversight
    Has the board conducted a formal, written assessment of the chief executive within the past year ? No
  • Ethics and transparency
    Have the board and senior staff reviewed the conflict-of-interest policy and completed and signed disclosure statements in the past year? No
  • Board composition
    Does the board ensure an inclusive board member recruitment process that results in diversity of thought and leadership? No
  • Board performance
    Has the board conducted a formal, written self-assessment of its performance within the past three years? No

Organizational demographics

SOURCE: Self-reported; last updated 6/14/2022

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Leadership

The organization's leader identifies as:

Race & ethnicity
White/Caucasian/European
Gender identity
Female, Not transgender (cisgender)
Sexual orientation
Heterosexual or Straight
Disability status
Person without a disability

Race & ethnicity

Gender identity

 

Sexual orientation

Disability