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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 »

2019-2020 Students of the Year

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Though we were unable to have our annual Awards Celebration, the Winning Futures team still found a way to safely honor each Student of the Year by taking the event to them with a “drive-up” celebration. Demonstrating a commitment to the Workforce Prep program through their hard work, dedication, and … Read More »

Corks & Forks Raises $365,000

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Scott Thiele, head of purchasing and supply chain for FCA – North America, addresses guests at the 12th annual Corks & Forks, February 29, 2020. It was a perfect night – the wine was fantastic, the food was delicious, and our guests had a great time. Even better, we raised … Read More »

25 From 25: Jordan Manning

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Jordan Manning, Student, Grand Valley State University, Winning Futures Class of 2018 Jordan had many big ideas for his future while a student at Pontiac Academy for Excellence. His mentor, Jonathan Smet, automated driving validation engineer at Fiat Chrysler Automobiles, helped him narrow down his interests and create a plan … 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 »

Shirley Joins Our Team!

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Shirley Russell joined our team in late July as our new classroom assistant. She brings with her more than 30 years of education-related experience including the Harper Woods School District where she taught, engaging students in hands-on science and STEM activities, and as a member of the Ferndale School District … 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 »

Lear Executive, Frank Orsini, Receives Sam Cupp Impact Award

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Frank Orsini (right), executive vice president and president of seating at Lear Corporation, received the Sam Cupp Impact Award from Kristina Marshall (left), president and CEO of Winning Futures. At our 11th annual Corks & Forks, Frank Orsini, executive vice president and president of seating at Lear Corporation, received the … Read More »