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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 »

New year starts: Handshakes; Lear; Magna; 580 Students; 150 Mentors; and 7 Schools!

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Student and volunteer at the Warren Mott Networking Mixer. The 2019-20 schoolyear is well underway and we’re very excited as we roll out the second year of our new four-year Workforce Prep program!   This year’s tenth–grade students started the year by meeting and getting to know their mentors. As the year progresses … Read More »

25 From 25: Joe Owens

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Joe Owens, Senior Representative – Vending Service Center, MSC Industrial Supply, Winning Futures Class of 2003 At a young age, Joe Owens was forced to take on more adult responsibilities than he could reasonably handle. His parents’ relationship was falling apart, leaving him to take care of his autistic younger … Read More »

25th Anniversary Awards Celebration a Huge Success

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Alumni Cupp-Hamilton Scholarship winners pictured left to right: Mario Hanna, Austin Brown, Katie Filion, Jose House, Jr, Mark Daiowd, and Brittani Lipsey. “I can frankly say that Winning Futures is strong. It’s unique. It’s built right. And it has the drivers behind it with the Winning Futures staff and all … Read More »

Making the World a Better Place: A Mentor’s Perspective

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Gavin Haque (center) mentoring students at Community High School. Making the World a Better Place: A Mentor’s Perspective By Gavin Haque, Assessment Specialist and Trainer at Kaplan Early Learning Center and Winning Futures Mentor I’ve had a very successful career over the last forty years in sales and management for … Read More »

Mentoring Longevity

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Dave Fernholz (right) at his Winning futures mentee Jama Whitaker’s (left) graduation. Dave Fernholz wanted to be better prepared for when his own kids became teenagers. Little did he know that his desire to be a better parent would lead to two decades of mentoring and receiving our 20 Year … 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 »

Winning Futures Focuses on Skills Sought after by Employers

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On May 24, 2015 The Detroit Free Press published the article “Soft skills help set candidates apart in job search”, written by Susan Rickers. The article highlighted soft skills employers are looking for in today’s job market. Winning Futures mentees have the ability to list these skills as well as … Read More »