FCA Foundation Awards $50,000 Grant to Winning Futures

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We are excited to announce that we’ve received a one-year $50,000 grant from the FCA Foundation, the charitable arm of North American automaker FCA US LLC. The grant will support core expenses for local tenth graders who are participating in Workforce Prep – our in-school mentoring and leadership skills development program for challenged high school … [ read more ]

2018 Awards Ceremony – Changing the World!

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2018 scholarship winners left to right: Brittany Padilla, Breia Swanigan, and Samantha Susalla. I’ve been to many awards ceremonies in my lifetime and I’ve watched a few on television. They’re mostly mundane. Too many times participants rave about themselves or how something they’ve done changed the world when really they didn’t. The Winning Futures Awards … [ read more ]

She Was Worried She Wouldn’t Be a Good Mentor. Now She’s Receiving the Governor’s Service Award.

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Pictured left to right are Stephanie K, Angel, and Lee Ellen Kerr at WWCK – Supertalk 1570 AM. Lee Ellen Kerr is the kind of person that wants to give back. So when we pitched our mentoring program to Lee and a small group of her colleagues at Dow Automotive, she jumped at the opportunity … [ read more ]

Besties Benefit From Mentors

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Pictured left to right are Lee Ellen Kerr, Jazmine Jones, Ruby Houston, and Stephanie Jones. Best friends Ruby Houston and Jazmine Jones have known each other for several years. You could say they knew almost everything about themselves and each other, except one thing. They didn’t know what they would do after high school or … [ read more ]

2017-18 Program Kick off!

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The 2017-18 school year has begun and Winning Futures has 175 mentors (see attached photos) trained and eager to help the 558 students in grades 10-12 improve their futures through our 22-week program that teaches life skills, goal setting, strategic planning, and career readiness. Sessions this year begin this month at Cass Tech (Detroit), Community … [ read more ]

Everyone Can Be a Mentor

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Winning Futures mentoring programs are a fantastic way to guide young people down the road to success. When family members and others reinforce the message, it becomes more ingrained. To help you have a positive influence on the youth in your life, here are tips gleaned from some mentoring studies: Be a supportive guide: Help teens … [ read more ]

A MENTOR’S PERSPECTIVE – Mark Ware

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I have been a mentor with Winning Futures for four years. Thanks to the outstanding framework of the Winning Futures curriculum, I have made a difference in the lives of over a dozen young men. Winning Futures has allowed me to witness the positive effects the lessons have on students. These same lessons have also … [ read more ]

Setting Personal Goals to Reach Success

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In Winning Futures, we teach students the importance of defining what success is to them. Once they have a clear vision of success, we encourage them to set personal goals. Factors like relationships, character traits, and job satisfaction affect quality of life.  Understanding personal desires aids students in creating aspirations that align with the lifestyle … [ read more ]