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2021-22 Workforce Prep Program

We retooled into a SEVEN-YEAR, MULTI-CHANNEL model!

High school and continuing education students need mentoring and life skills development now more than ever. In response, we retooled our Workforce Prep program into a seven-year multi-channel model. Our long-term goal remains the same – to empower students to become self-reliant, employable, and productive adults.

  • Student engagement from 10th grade through 4 years of college or trade school
  • Blend of virtual and in-person programming
  • Local business professionals serving as volunteer mentors
  • Competitive scholarships
  • Award-winning and evidence-based curriculum
  • Engaging students in Detroit, Harper Woods, Warren, Pontiac, and Sterling Heights

Learn more about mentoring and other volunteer opportunities!

Watch Deshawn Wafer talk about his experience in our program.

SCHOOL BASED MENTORING is for 10th graders (year 1)

  • 240, 10th grade and alternative high school students
  • 16 sessions, November through May
  • Motivational lessons facilitated by staff
  • Fun hands-on activities facilitated by mentors
  • Topics include goal setting, career exploration, continuing education, and life skills development
  • Depending on COVID safety measures, up to 8 of 16 lessons will take place in school with the balance conducted virtually

ONE-ON-ONE MENTORING is for returning 11th and 12th graders (years 2 and 3)

  • 75, 11th and 12th grade students who were in our program the previous year
  • Monthly virtual one-on-one meetings between students and their mentors
  • 5-minute educational video followed by structured discussion led by mentors
  • 11th grade topics include positive attitude, career exploration, virtual career fair, continuing education, relationship skills, networking, strategic planning, financial literacy, and college applications
  • 12th grade topics include positive attitude, financial aid, budgeting, applying for college or trade school, executing strategic plans, coping with stress and fears, professionalism, resumes, interviewing, and organization

COLLEGE SUCCESS MENTORING is for students in college or trade school (years 4 through 7)

  • 50 students who were in our high school program and are now enrolled in college or trade school
  • Students matched with mentors based on the student’s career interests and the mentor’s work experience
  • Monthly virtual one-on-one meetings between students and their mentors
  • Topics include freshman struggles, resumes, internships, networking, interviewing, and job shadowing

Our students are EXCELLING - the impact is REAL!

Workforce Prep makes a real and meaningful impact for our students, their families, the communities in which they live, and the employers for which they will eventually work. Learn more about our impact.

  • 96% of our students are better prepared to persevere or overcome obstacles
  • 87% of our students improved their job readiness skills
  • 96% of our students completed the first step towards their education or career goals
  • 77% of our students gained skills to improve their grades

For more information contact Bryan Howard at Bryan@WinningFutures.org or 248-495-2918.

Learn more about mentoring and other volunteer opportunities!

Watch Deshawn Wafer talk about his experience in our program.