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The University of Michigan Youth Policy Lab spent several months analyzing our Workforce Prep program and its impact on our students. The numbers below reflect the success of our model for the 2019-2020 school year despite COVID-19-related school closures in March 2020.

Regarding students:

  • 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
  • 98% gained confidence
  • 81% improved their job readiness skills
  • 93% completed the first step towards completing their continuing education or career goal

Mentors reported:

  • 83% of students have more direction in their career path
  • 87% have improved their ability to work collaboratively on a team
  • 90% have a better understanding of what it will take to achieve the education and career they want

Teachers reported:

  • 79% of students were more optimistic about the future

*Alumni reported:

  • 95% are more prepared for their career
  • 94% are employed
  • 91% are enrolled in continuing education

Local Impact

  • More than 49,000 students impacted since 1994
  • Over $1.9M in scholarships and awards
  • 617 local youth impacted in the 2019-20 school year
  • 149 business mentors committed to 22 one-hour weekly mentoring sessions in the 2019-20 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

Learn more about our Workforce Prep program!

*Alumni data was gathered from a separate survey in 2018-2019