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25 From 25: Matthew Alexander

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Matthew Alexander, Student, Wayne State University Winning Futures Class of 2017 Matthew was a smart kid who didn’t prioritize school when he was a student at Cass Technical High School in Detroit. His mentor Jack Dolan, executive vice president of the Americas at A2Mac1 – Automotive Benchmarking, inspired Matthew to … 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 »

A Teacher’s Perspective

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Erin Prim (right) is an English Instructor at Cass Technical High School in Detroit. Cass Tech has hosted our Winning Futures program for seven years. Pictured with Erin is 11th grade student, Chloe (left). A Teacher’s Perspective By Erin Prim, English Instructor, Cass Technical High School, Detroit I have been … 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 … 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 »

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, … Read More »

Corks & Forks Makes a Big Splash

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Pictured at the 2018 Corks & Forks are Kristina Marshall, president and CEO, Winning Futures, and Event Chair, Matt Duffy, global purchasing director, Ford Motor Company. Fine wine, gourmet cuisine, live jazz, and a hilarious auction emceed by Les Gold from the TV hit series, Hardcore Pawn – all this … Read More »

21st Annual Winning Futures Award Celebration

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17 students from Detroit’s Cass Technical High School, Cornerstone Health + Technology High School, Harper Woods High School, Madison High School, Pontiac Academy for Excellence, Warren’s Community High School and Warren Mott High School were awarded Luminary Awards and scholarships totaling $27,500 for continuing education. The finalist were chosen based … Read More »

Leon Peterson’s Story

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“Entering a class room with a group of adults I’d never met before was very intimidating”; Those were the words Leon Peterson used to describe his first Winning Futures Session. “I had no idea of what to expect, I knew it sounded cool but, I had no idea what I … Read More »

Mentor Teia Harris Recommends You Take a “Workday Vacation”

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Take a “workday vacation”! Teia Harris does to mentor Winning Futures students for an hour once a week. Watch this short video to hear why: Teia Harris Testimonial To find out more about how you can become a Winning Futures mentor and make a difference in the lives of young people, … Read More »