What is a “Wyakin”?
According to Native American legend, a wyakin is a spiritual guide that advises and protects a person throughout life. As a rite of passage, a young Native American was taken to an isolated mountain location where the child remained alone until the wyakin (often an animal such as an eagle or a wolf) appeared in a vision or dream. (Paraphrased from “Our Brothers’ Keeper” by Richard Littell.)
The Wyakin Warrior Foundation® is a 501 c (3) nonprofit organization providing a full-spectrum education and professional development program for wounded, injured, or ill Post 9/11 veterans. It promotes collegiate success and a rewarding career after graduation. Through its Wyakin Wounded Warrior Academy™, the foundation provides:
- Multi-faceted mentoring program tailored to meet each Warrior’s unique needs.
- 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.
- Educational/Financial Assistance (complementing the GI Bill or Vocational Rehabilitation).
- Community Service Project – To demonstrate opportunity and ability to become servant leaders and role models.
- Robust Networking designed to facilitate job placement.
- Annual proactive follow-up to monitor, and assist if necessary, personal and professional situations (Wyakin Warrior for Life).
For additional information please go to www.wyakin.org