About Us » Impact

Since 2007, three independent research teams studied our program and its impact. In each study, the results were the same. Teams from Saginaw Valley State University and the University of Michigan found that our Workforce Prep program has a statistically significant impact on students and deemed the program evidence-based.

In 2020, the University of Michigan Youth Policy Lab found that:

  • Our program has a greater impact on students who are not initially college-bound
  • Our program has an equitable impact for all students, regardless of race, economic level, or gender
  • Compared to non-Winning Futures students, students improved their attitude, self-efficacy, growth mindset, and perseverance

Our impact during the 2020-2021 school year is impressive especially because our students did not have in-person schooling. The data includes students in 10th grade through college.

Students who successfully completed the program:

  • 96% have a better understanding of how to persevere or overcome obstacles in the future
  • 87% improved their job readiness skills
  • 96% completed the first step towards completing their continuing education or career goal
  • Despite mental health concerns throughout the pandemic, 65% of our students improved their self-confidence and attitude
  • 77% gained skills to improve their grades
  • 85% changed their continuing education plans to better fit their career goals
  • 88% better understand what it will take to achieve the education and the career they want to have
  • 77% gained skills in budgeting and financial literacy

Mentors reported this about their students:

  • 92% gained direction in their career
  • 91% have an improved positive view of their future
  • 90% developed skills required to succeed at a career
  • 90% improved their ability to overcome future obstacles
  • 89% increased their confidence
  • 89% learned goal setting skills
  • 86% increased their self-reliance
  • 86% learned job readiness skills
  • 85% were more motivated
  • 83% improved their communication skills
  • 77% have a more positive attitude toward school

Local Impact

  • More than 49,000 students impacted since 1994
  • Over $1.9M in scholarships and awards
  • 596 local youth impacted in the 2020-21 school year
  • 145 business mentors impacted our students in the 2020-21 school year
  • Partners with seven schools across Metro Detroit
  • Topics: character value development, self-exploration, goal setting, job readiness skills, overcoming obstacles, and strategic planning
  • Costs $2,000 per year to put one student through our program
  • Partners with more than 100 local businesses in Wayne, Oakland, and Macomb counties

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