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Denzel Lane wants to be a veterinarian or car design engineer. With help from his career mentor, he’ll figure it out.

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  Denzel Lane is a 16-year-old student at Cass Technical High School in Detroit. He recently completed his first year (10th grade) in our Workforce Prep program and an internship at General Motors. He’s motivated and thriving. As a student in our program, Denzel was matched with local businessman Phillip … Read More »

$50,000 Awarded and 17 Mentors Honored, Our 2022 Awards Celebration in Review

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Our 28th Annual Awards Celebration was held on May 17, 2022, at The Gazebo Banquet Center in Warren. We awarded a grand total of $50,000 to 24 phenomenal students from our Workforce Prep program. We also honored 17 dedicated local business professionals who completed their fifth year as career mentors!  … Read More »

Student Spotlight: Thai Morris, Entrepreneur and Full-Time Web Developer

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When Thai Morris, web developer at Walker-Miller Energy Services, graduated from Cass Tech in 2014, he had a plan and a strong passion for computer programing. Did he know that he would continue on to become an entrepreneur and full-time web developer? Maybe. But what he didn’t know is that … Read More »

Our Students Are Excelling – Your Support Matters, Donate Today!

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With help from donors, students from our Workforce Prep program are excelling. Make your 2021 donation today! Amaya Davis was in our program at Warren Mott High School for three years. She just started her freshman year at Oakland Community College where she will study marketing. “I was struggling. I … Read More »

Growing Together. The Mentor/Mentee Relationship.

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  Mentorship is a two-way street and offers so much more to mentors than simply feeling good about helping others.  In the best of cases mentors find in their students a kindred spirit whose values, self-worth and energy connect with their own.  It’s not just about wisdom flowing from the … Read More »

Celebrating our Awesome 2020-21 Students, Mentors, and Sponsors!

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Our annual Awards Celebration was live and in-person this year! While we still practiced Covid safety protocols, the energy and excitement of being together on a perfect summer evening was undeniable. Some of our students met their mentors face-to-face for the first time, and other students were simply happy to see their mentors outside … Read More »

Benny’s Superpower: Celebrating National Mentor Month

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He said, “I have a superpower.” I wasn’t sure if I heard him correctly. I thought to myself, “Did he say, ‘superpower?’ Is this guy crazy?” Feeling it necessary to get more information, but not sure I really wanted to know more, I nervously responded, “Really? What is it?” “I’m … Read More »

Winning Futures alumni – sign up for our College Success Coaching!  

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College isn’t easy, for anyone. Challenging class schedules, difficult assignments, living away from home, trying to figure out your career plan…it can easily overwhelm students, but it does not need to!   Our new College Success Coaching program will help former Winning Futures students and current Detroit Promise students overcome challenges college … Read More »

Past Winning Futures students – sign up for a mentor!

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Don’t let COVID-19 affect your student’s development and success. We have designed a monthly one-on-one virtual mentoring program for students who were in last year’s mentoring program. This community-based model is fun and free! Space is limited so register online today.  Students will be matched with their mentor from last year or … Read More »

2020 Outstanding Mentors

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We are proud to announce our Mentors of the Year for the 2019-2020 schoolyear. Awarded annually, mentors from each participating school are nominated by their students and selected by Winning Futures staff for their outstanding commitment to mentoring and support of their students. Congratulations to the winners! Click on the … Read More »