As a young Arabic woman, Rosa endured judgmental comments and sneering looks from peers who didn’t know her or understand her culture. Her grades declined and she wasn’t sure she would graduate from high school. Her mentor, Carol Visconti, vice president of member services at Extra Credit Union, helped Rosia develop a positive outlook while developing study and organizational skills. Rosa’s grades improved and she graduated from Warren Mott High School in 2012, then earned an Emergency Medical Technician certificate from Baker College. Today she works as the marketing liaison for St. Mary’s Rehabilitation.
“Without Winning Futures and Carol, the insight and caring, I’m pretty sure I wouldn’t have graduated from high school and I wouldn’t be where I am now,” said Rosa. “I believe in my heart that Winning Futures saved my life.”