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New Mentoring Program for Pierce Elementary in Birmingham

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Birmingham, MI, August 29, 2011 – A new leadership and character education program will empower fourth and fifth graders at Pierce Elementary after school on Wednesday this fall.  Winning Futures is partnering with iMatter for Kids to implement this innovative program.

Winning Futures implements unique mentoring programs.  Each week when the mentors come to the school, a staff member leads them through the topic-based session with fun, hands-on activities, group discussions, and written lessons.  It is all packaged for the mentor so when you arrive, you can jump right in!  Mentors are asked to attend a three-hour training session, participate in an interview and background check, and to coach two-three students through the Winning Futures curriculum that includes: character value identification, leadership skills, and goal setting.

Another unique part of this program is the partnership with iMatter for Kids.  After each mentoring session at the school, they will host Family Workshops with the students and their parents.  This is an ideal structure to bring students, parents, schools, and businesses together in the best interest of children.

Parents of fourth and fifth graders at Pierce Elementary will be able to submit an application for their child through the school in September.  Parents should contact their principal for more information.

If you are interested in learning more on how you can become a mentor call today or visit our website to set-up an orientation to get more information.

Register by calling (586) 698-4587, emailing, or visiting

Winning Futures is an award winning nonprofit organization that makes a difference in the lives of young people by offering school-based mentoring programs and workshops for middle school and high school students in Southeast Michigan. Its programs focus on the life skills of character value identification, goal setting, career preparation, and strategic planning. Founded in 1994 by entrepreneur Sam Cupp, Winning Futures now partners with organizations throughout the country to implement our life skills workbooks and activities. For more information, visit or call 586-294-8449.

Founded on the principles of the iMatter™ program, iMatter for Kids™ is a 501 (c)(3) non-profit organization established to help kids realize they matter.  The mission of iMatter for Kids is simply stated by thier motto – “Be Kind, Be True, Be ‘Greatful’, Be You!”  They build a positive culture in schools and communities using the Winning Futures programs which inspires and prepares young people to succeed through life skills programs and mentoring relationships that focus on character values identification and goal setting through fun structured activities.