What We Do

WHAT WE DO

Our Process

Our process takes the mystery out of transition. Built on the Wyakin Anchors and delivered through our Seven Tenets, we’ve engineered a program that meets each Warrior’s unique needs. Rooted in the philosophy that each Warrior is so much more than a veteran, we serve the “whole person” and focus on their robust, healthy futures.

WHAT WE DO

Our Process

Our process takes the mystery out of transition. Built on the Wyakin Anchors and delivered through our Seven Tenets, we’ve engineered a program that meets each Warrior’s unique needs. Rooted in the philosophy that each Warrior is so much more than a veteran, we serve the “whole person” and focus on their robust, healthy futures.

THE WYAKIN

Anchors

Structure

We want to help every veteran achieve their goals, and a structured approach is the most reliable way to get there.

Connection

We know that personal connections are a non-negotiable aspect of the transition process. The greatest achievements are the ones achieved together.

Purpose

We believe a purpose-driven life is the type everyone should live - both in the military, and in the civilian world.

STRUCTURE. CONNECTION. PURPOSE.

Our Seven Tenets

The Wyakin program provides the structure within which our Warriors can frame and confidently write the rest of their story. We’ve built this structure around our Seven Tenets.

Mentorship

What we do:
Mentorship is among the most personal and impactful tenets of the Wyakin program. A rewarding Community Mentor relationship underpins the foundational concepts of our program while serving to support, challenge, engage, and inspire each Warrior. These relationships extend through graduation, and in many cases continue to flourish beyond. As graduation approaches, a Professional Mentor is strategically assigned to offer substantive career guidance, foster connectivity, and enhance career potential.

Why:
Connectivity is an essential part of any life transition. Mentorship cultivates a transformational experience by establishing trust and providing advocacy and guidance upon which our Warriors can depend.

Educational/Financial Assistance

What we do:
Warriors actively engaged in the Wyakin program are eligible for an accountability-based monthly grant to cover ancillary educational expenses, which can be an obstacle to academic success. Application-based grant funding is also available to pursue educational opportunities beyond the classroom or address unplanned expenses that might otherwise cause an interruption in the Warrior’s educational plan.

Why:
Personal finance can be a significant challenge upon leaving the military – especially for a student veteran. We assist our Warriors by providing a measure of financial stability that allows them to stay focused on moving forward.

Community Impact

What we do:
Community Impact serves to build valuable project management skills while providing networking opportunities and fostering community engagement through service. Using tools and guidance that we provide, Warriors participate in a project that goes far beyond volunteerism in scope and reignites a desire to serve the greater good. Thousands of people are touched through the efforts of our Warriors to impact their community-at-large.

Why:
Purpose is a fundamental human need. The opportunity to impact the surrounding community – often through serving others who are experiencing a life-transition of their own – provides a critical bridge by allowing our Warriors to understand that service comes in many forms, all of which matter.

Professional Development

What we do:
Our professional development process starts with an Individual Development Plan (IDP) laying out a clear pathway for each Warrior to reach his or her academic and professional goals. Local and national subject-matter experts deliver seminars, workshops, and individualized coaching to form a curriculum that complements each Warrior’s educational program, developing our Warriors into “best-in-class” talent by cultivating the behaviors and soft-skills that are most in demand by today’s employers. Expert résumé and interview consulting enhances professional development to ensure our Warriors put their best foot forward in the job search process.

Why:
Today’s employers know that when an employee relationship fails, it is rarely due to a lack of expertise, but rather a lack of the fundamental personal skills necessary to thrive in a professional environment. By arming our Warriors with these skills, we send them out with everything they need to be their best professional selves.

Personal Wellness

What we do:
The personal wellness and stability of our Warriors is our top priority, and we value the uniqueness of each individual by offering a broad array of wellness-based programs. A chaplaincy is available for non-denominational spiritual counseling. Our annual Warrior Retreat provides recreation, self-discovery, and a chance to bond with fellow Warriors in a peaceful setting. The Wyakin Serves program offers camaraderie and purpose through volunteerism, while our regular schedule of social and family events allows Warriors to connect and relax while growing together as a team.

Why:
Our Warriors are human beings first, and veterans second. The Wyakin experience is built to recognize and celebrate this through a diverse and inclusive array of programs designed to promote the physical, emotional, and intellectual health of every Warrior.

Networking

What we do:
Networking is much more than simply a job search tool. We create numerous opportunities for our Warriors to foster active and mutually beneficial relationships on every level throughout the community. These relationships form a personal and professional “resource pool” that can provide sustained support, expertise, and advocacy throughout a Warrior’s career.

Why:
No one succeeds alone. The ability to build rapport and cultivate strong relationships creates in each Warrior an essential collective strength borne of the diverse experiences of their extended network. We provide both opportunities to network, and the skills to do it well.

Wyakin for Life

What we do:
We are more than a fleeting influence in our Warrior’s lives. We maintain connectivity with every Wyakin alumni through candid, ongoing dialogue to ensure their continued stability and engage them in giving back to the Warriors that follow as volunteers and mentors with the Wyakin program. When Wyakin alumni need personal or professional assistance, the greater-Wyakin family stands ready to help.

Why:
In Native legend, a Wyakin is a guardian that protects a Warrior for life. We take that seriously, and literally. Our alumni are assured a lifetime of connectivity.

PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT

Partners

We’ve partnered with top subject matter experts to provide our Warriors with the highest quality professional development education available. Through lasting relationships with our Professional Development Partners, we ensure our curriculum is customized to provide an innovative approach to the professional skills that today’s workforce values most.

Abbey Louie

A leading voice in leadership and team development, Abbey Louie uses nearly two decades of professional experience to prepare our Warriors to foster highly-engaged, top-performing teams in the workplace through topics such as diversity & inclusion, emotional intelligence, and healthy team dynamics.

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HAVE QUESTIONS?

FAQs

Who is eligible to apply for the Wyakin program?

The Wyakin program application process is open to post-9/11 veterans who are currently enrolled or planning to enroll in a certificate- or degree-earning academic program, with priority given to those with a VA Disability Rating. Application decisions are made not upon prior academic standing or background, but rather upon character, motivation, and need. If you meet these criteria, we encourage you to apply here.

If I am accepted into the program, what are my obligations to Wyakin?

In order to ensure that you realize the full benefit of our program, our Student Agreement includes participation standards to which you’ll be asked to commit.  These standards include both weekly and monthly requirements for communication and/or attendance at various Wyakin sponsored development opportunities.

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