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 ]

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 could do was stare at … [ 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 ]

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 and more were enjoyed by … [ 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 on essays submitted and interviews … [ 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 was getting into.  I just … [ 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, click here!

Chrysler Group’s Ralph Gilles Visits Winning Futures Students

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Winning Futures and Detroit Public Schools wrapped up its second year at Cass Technical High School today.  The highlight at this year’s celebration was a visit from Chrysler Group’s Vice President of Product Design and President and CEO of their SRT performance car division Ralph Gilles.  Mr. Gilles gave a stimulating presentation to the students … [ read more ]