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25 From 25: Joe Owens

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Joe Owens, Senior Representative – Vending Service Center, MSC Industrial Supply, Winning Futures Class of 2003 At a young age, Joe Owens was forced to take on more adult responsibilities than he could reasonably handle. His parents’ relationship was falling apart, leaving him to take care of his autistic younger … Read More »

25 From 25: Dipita Das

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Dipita Das, Student, University of Michigan Winning Futures Class of 2017 Dipita’s family immigrated to the U.S. in 2000. As the only fluent English-speaking person at home, Dipita’s responsibilities included helping her siblings with homework, translating for her parents, and making sure bills got paid. She struggled to balance the … Read More »

25 From 25: Angelica Tibbitts

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Angelica Tibbitts, Undergraduate Student, Saginaw Valley State University, Winning Futures Class of 2018, Pontiac Academy for Excellence Angelica struggled with multiple issues while a student at Pontiac Academy for Excellence (Pontiac) including homelessness, poverty, depression, and lack of support for her education. Her mentor, Tamara Taylor, prototype build engineer at … Read More »

25 From 25: Nick Maluchnik

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Nick Maluchnik, Employee Benefits Advisor, Brown & Brown of Detroit, Inc., Winning Futures Class of 2013, Warren Mott High School Nick was a B student at Warren Mott High School and excelled in sports, but he lacked a realistic vision and direction for his future. His mentor, Steve Hettrick, benefits … Read More »

25 From 25: Katie Pusz

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Katie Pusz, Marketing Communications Specialist, ImageSoft, Inc., Winning Futures Class of 2013 As a student at Warren Mott High School (Warren), Katie struggled to overcome anorexia while trying to figure out what she would do after high school. Her mentor, Ashley Fordyce, school and community relations coordinator at Extra Credit Union, … Read More »

25 From 25: James Payne

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James Payne, Student, State University of New York Adirondack Winning Futures Class of 2017. Throughout his days at Madison High School in Madison Heights, James wasn’t focused or concerned about his future, coasting through classes with a C average. His mentor, Bob Foyt, retired senior director of maintenance and engineering … Read More »

Celebrating 25 Years of Empowering Tomorrow’s Workforce

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As we celebrate our 25th anniversary, we are excited to rollout Workforce Prep, a cutting-edge experiential program that will expose students to businesses and new technologies while teaching them the humanistic – critical – soft skills they will need to be successful in a world filled with automation and artificial … Read More »

Lost Then Found – Deshawn Wafer’s Story

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Deshawn just completed his freshman year at the University of Michigan and plans to be a nurse. I met Deshawn Wafer on a sunny afternoon at a local Starbucks. We talked about his time in our mentoring program at Harper Woods High School. He said he was lost. All I … Read More »

Winning Futures grad takes new-found social confidence to Harvard

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If you were to visit a Harvard University freshman computer science classroom this year, you just might see Winning Futures graduate T’Ajmal Hogue chatting confidently with her fellow classmates. If you had seen her as a sophomore at Cass Tech High School, she likely would have been standing alone. “I … Read More »