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Dresner Foundation Awards $150,000 Grant to Winning Futures

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Kathy Morgan with students

Career Program Associate, Katherine Morgan (center), with Winning Futures mentor, Mark O’Malley (bottom left), and students at Warren Mott High School.

We are excited to announce that we received a two-year $150,000 grant award from the Vera and Joseph Dresner Foundation. Funding from the Dresner Foundation will support core expenses for implementing our Workforce Prep program – a new, in-school mentoring and leadership skills development program for challenged high school students. This program addresses the critical need to better prepare students for life after high school and empower them with the skills, knowledge, and motivation they will need to realize a purposeful and sustaining career.

“We are very pleased to support Winning Futures and the Workforce Prep program that empowers students while supporting their growth,” said Virginia Romano, executive director, Vera and Joseph Dresner Foundation.

Building upon our existing and highly successful one-year in-class high school mentoring program, Workforce Prep expands to a four-year model, increasing the program’s impact by working with students from 10th grade through their first year of continuing education. Through in-class mentoring and leadership skill development, job shadowing, and internships, students will gain critical workplace skills and hands-on experience, helping them become sought-after employees and successful adults.

“This is an investment in the lives of young people, their families, and the economic well-being of our region,” said Winning Futures President and CEO, Kristina Marshall. “This generous grant from the Dresner Foundation will help our students become well-qualified employees, living, working, and thriving in our communities.”

Check out our Alumni Success Stories for personal accounts of how our program has impacted metro-Detroit students.