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Nonprofit Overview

Causes: Education, Scholarships, Scholarships & Student Financial Aid

Mission: Enabling severely wounded and injured veterans to achieve personal and professional success as business and community leaders. 1. Multi-faceted mentoring program (up to five mentors per wyakin warrior). 2. Professional development - individual development plans by which staff and volunteers help mentor and coach the warriors toward their goals; and monthly seminars by leaders in business, government, and community service fields. 3. Educational/financial assistance (complementing the gi bill or vocational rehabilitation) for up to 60 months. 4. Community service project - to demonstrate opportunity and ability to become servant leaders and role models. 5. Robust networking designed to facilitate job placement. 6. Annual proactive follow up to monitor, and assist if necessary, personal and professional situations (wyakin warrior for life).

Programs: Educational/financial assistance - provides educational support for severely wounded, injured or ill, veterans that includes cash assistance for such things as room, board, books, tutoring, and living expenses. Our program provides benefits beyond what the va provides to help meet the wounded veteran's financial needs and remove obstacles to achieve educational success. Retention, graduation, and job placement rates remain over twice the national average for veterans.

multi-faceted mentor-ship program - each wyakin warrior is provided up to five volunteer mentors at three different levels: campus, local, and national, consisting of students, local community leaders, and nationally recognized leaders in their fields. Each wyakin warrior is contacted at least weekly by mentors, staff and/or other volunteers. Over 300 volunteers have been screened and trained. Mentors are contacted monthly to monitor satisfaction.

professional development program - the ultimate goal of the program is for its graduates to find successful careers. To that end, the professional development program provides monthly professional development seminars, periodic training on life skills, networking, career planning, and job interview preparation. Individual development plans by which staff and volunteers help mentor and coach the warriors toward their goals; and monthly seminars by leaders in business, government, and community service fields. Warriors are also required to complete a service project while they are in school to give back to the community. After graduation, the professional development program continues to keep in touch proactively with its alumni to monitor progress. 100% placement of its graduates so far. Seminar speakers have ranged from the governor to ceo's to celebrities, including experts in social skills and business interaction.

Community Stories

7 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I have been involved with Wyakin as a volunteer for nearly a year. The primary reason I offered to get involved was my personal expereince with the high degree of integrity and caring of its' founder, Jeff Bacon. When I learned he had founded this group, and that its' board of directors included several other retired Naval Officers that I have known and worked with over many years, all with impeccable honesty and dedication, I knew that I too must get involved. My experience with Wyakin in the past year has been VERY rewarding, as we move to expand outward from their original program in Boise, Idaho to serving additional wounded veterans with an expanded presence in San Diego, CA. The Wyakin Warrior Foundation focuses on providing tailored counseling and continuing education for the most severely wounded of post-9/11 veterans, and with its' unique multi-tiered personal mentoring program, has become one of the most successful veterans organizations in the Nation today.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

After leaving the military, the only job I really ever had, I was lost. Structure, defined roles, expectations, responsibilities were all part of the culture that I grew up in. Outside I found ambiguity, vagueness, petty competition, and a lack of focus for a higher purpose than Profits.
Wyakin Warrior Foundation provides a structure that mimics, replaces the team/squad foundation that I missed. Accountability and Leadership are present at all levels, exercised and encouraged in each warrior. This is the same accountability that I had inside the ranks now found outside the ranks. It is no wonder that the current Wyakin Warriors are doing so well.
Of all the veterans groups that are plying for donations THIS one is on the top of the list. I haven't seen another group that even comes close.

Board Member

Rating: 5

There is no other organization in the country that takes America's young severely injured veterans and helps them every step of the way through the very demanding transition into the work force. These veterans have many more obstacles than your average college student, and the Wyakin Warrior team/volunteers are dedicated, in any endeavor personal or professional , to ensuring our veterans get through the program.

Review from Guidestar

Donor

Rating: 5

The people in this organization are "top-notch", genuinely compassionate individuals. These people are truly giving of themselves and making great strides towards their goal of helping in a very meaningful way, the wounded and disabled warriors they serve. What a very REAL way to actually help someone who wants to make the effort to help themselves--as extraordinary as that effort my be, given the disabilities involved. This organization is absolutely changing lives on a shoestring budget. Real successes are happening here in Boise, Idaho with these Veterans. Amazing and beautiful to watch lives transformed! Definitely money well-spent.

Review from Guidestar

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I have been involved with this organization for 18 months and can truly say it has been one of the best run organizations I have ever seen. The positive impact the Wyakin Warrior Foundation is making on the lives of the nation's severely wounded warriors is immeasurable. The effectiveness of this program and the caring shown by members of this organization will make everyone who hears about it want to give more to allow it to grow. I am so proud to be a part of something so meaningful.

Review from Guidestar

Donor

Rating: 5

As a retired vet, this is the most comprehensive program I have come across in the nation. This is what the VA should be doing! Losing 22 vets a day to suicide, programs like this are what is needed to help them transition from the structures military environment to the public sector. The success rates of this program are more than impressive, they are unmatched. 100% graduation and job placement rates show that they have found the formula for successful transition of those who provide us with the securities and freedoms we all enjoy.

Review from Guidestar

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

This organization makes a positive difference in both veterans lives, and within the communities it serves. The people involved are genuine patriots who care about the important mission, and believe in servant leadership; and that severely wounded and injured young men and women who have honorably served this country can and should absolutely be future community and business leaders and role models.

Review from Guidestar