The Wyakin Warrior Foundation was founded to help enable severely wounded and injured post 9/11 veterans achieve personal and professional success as business and community leaders. Founded in the Pacific Northwest with plans for national expansion, the foundation provides multifaceted mentoring, financial support, professional development, and networking tailored to each young veteran’s unique journey, leading to an education and meaningful employment. The program also includes a community service project, completed by each Warrior while in school, to underpin the foundation’s focus on these young patriots’ strengths over their struggles, and appropriately uplift them as community role models.
Now in its fifth year, program graduation and job placement rates remain strong, and are double the national average. The USO has named Wyakin “best in class” among their “Battlefield to the Community” partner programs.
The need for the program continues to be great. “Each year for the next five years, more than 200,000 service members will transition from active duty service to the civilian community. Many of them will face significant challenges as they reintegrate back into civilian society.” ⃰ The most severely wounded, injured or ill young veterans will face the most daunting challenges. Many proud Americans want to help, but don’t know how. Supporting the education and job placement mission of the Wyakin Warrior Foundation offers a profound way to help.
Each Wyakin Warrior will be hosted by mentors at the national, local and campus levels.
Professional Mentor – Each veteran will be sponsored by the nation’s top leaders in business, government, or the military. The national-level leaders will be assigned one Wyakin Warrior and asked to follow the veteran for up to three years: the two years prior to graduation plus one year following graduation. They will contact their Wyakin Warrior at least quarterly, and the Foundation will pay for one face-to-face meeting each year while the student is in school.
Community Mentor – Each Wyakin Warrior will be “adopted” by a volunteer in the local area. In some cases, the local veterans may be local contacts for the various Wounded Warrior programs sponsored by the individual services (Marine Corps: Wounded Warrior Regiment; Navy: Navy Safe Harbor; Army and Air Force: Wounded Warrior Program; SOCOM: SOCOM Care Coalition).
Peer Mentors – More of a buddy system, each Wyakin Warrior will be introduced to as many as three fellow students attending the same school who will be his/her on-campus companions. The peer mentors will assist the student veteran with orientation and assimilation into campus life.
If your are interested in volunteering as a mentor please submit your information here.
Do you know someone who might be interested in becoming a Wyakin Warrior? Drop us an email and we’ll get in touch with them.
Send the name and email (or phone number) of the potential candidate to: firstname.lastname@example.org