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Thank You to our Summer Mentors!

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We have officially wrapped up our 2015 summer programs! Students at Madison-Carver Academy, “Shoot for Your Goals” basketball camp and Golightly Educational Center had a great time learning about life skills and strategic planning, through hands-on activities and lively discussions. Whether it was setting goals between shooting hoops, or building … Read More »

Is Your Company a Mentoring Champion?

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With only a few more weeks left in our Mentoring Program for 2015-2016, we are beginning to gear up for next school year. With over 600 students each year across 7 schools, we are looking to fill volunteer slots for over 160 mentors for our full year program! It’s a … Read More »

Students Dress for Success

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Project Pinstripe and Winning Futures help students dress for success. Mentees from Winning Futures along with other young men from Detroit and surrounding areas gathered at YouthVille in Detroit’s New Center area on March 28, 2015 to receive a free suit and valuable job coaching. Project Pinstripe is a not-for-profit organization … Read More »

The 18 Soft Skills Necessary For Success

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A recent article published by the SEMCOG (Southeast Michigan Council Of Governments) listed 18 soft skills which were considered essential for youth success. These skills are perfectly aligned with the Winning Futures Curriculum. Per the SEMCOG report, “The Lifelong Soft Skills Framework identifies basic or foundational skills for workplace success.” … Read More »

Winning Futures Creates Winning Students

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The ability to positively shape young minds is the greatest gift we can give future generations. that’s the goal of Winning Futures, an innovative school-based mentoring program. “We connect young people with business professionals to help students develop strategic planning, college and job preparation and all of the life skills … Read More »

Our History 1995

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In the fall of 1995, Sam assembled a team of outstanding educators from Warren Mott High School who were passionate about student development and shared Sam’s vision.  With the dedicated assistance of Dominic LaRosa, Marilyn Haley, and Richard King the program took flight.   That year 13 Scholarships were awarded totaling … Read More »

Why Are Strengths Important?

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How many times have you been told you need to turn your weaknesses into strengths?  Traditionally, choosing to focus on improving weaknesses has unfortunately become all too common for high school and college students.  The factors of peer pressure, siblings, parents, and media have shaped students’ future too much.  What … Read More »

Mentor + Mentee = Impact!

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Recognizing others, inspiring them to excellence in school, career, or in life doesn’t take a lot of extra time; it takes compassion, perspective, and vision. Scott Barh, Winning Futures Mentor at Pontiac Academy For Excellence is a perfect example.   When asked about his mentoring experience Scott of Chrysler said; … Read More »

GM Cares

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General Motors recognizes that giving employees an opportunity to mentor through their job provides many valuable benefits. Benefits to the Employee • Improves performance • Increases job satisfaction, attitude and morale • Encourages teamwork • Promotes leadership and skill development Benefits to the Corporation • Builds brand awareness and affinity … Read More »