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Our 2022-23 curriculum features enhanced strategies related to diversity, equity, and inclusion, asset-based language, and social and emotional learning. We also launched year 6 of our 7-year program.

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Our program has always focused on the empowerment of our students. While our impact has been significant, we are aware that the challenges our students face are constantly changing and that we need to respond accordingly.   With 90 percent of our students being people of color and 75 percent … Read More »

$50,000 Awarded and 17 Mentors Honored, Our 2022 Awards Celebration in Review

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Our 28th Annual Awards Celebration was held on May 17, 2022, at The Gazebo Banquet Center in Warren. We awarded a grand total of $50,000 to 24 phenomenal students from our Workforce Prep program. We also honored 17 dedicated local business professionals who completed their fifth year as career mentors!  … Read More »

Why Career Mentors Matter

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Our Workforce Prep Program is designed to support teenagers and for good reason. Adolescence is a time when youth search for a sense of identity, and the belief that they can accomplish their chosen dreams.  That self-belief touches every aspect of a young person’s life and can determine whether they … Read More »

2021 Corks & Forks, A Roaring Good Time!

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Who doesn’t love a good party? Especially this year! Our 13th annual Corks & Forks event did not disappoint.  It was held on Tuesday, June 22 at the stunning Meadow Brook Hall in Rochester. The theme for this year’s event was a 1920’s Garden Party and the backdrop of the sprawling estate, manicured gardens and the beautifully set tables under the large white tent set the stage for a memorable evening. The highlight of … Read More »

25 From 25: Belinda Cargile

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Belinda Cargile, Student, University of Michigan, Winning Futures Class of 2017 As a student at Madison High School, Belinda knew what she wanted to do. The only problem was she struggled with procrastination and lacked the proper tools to make her dream a reality. Her mentor, Monica Labe, member of … Read More »

25 From 25: Brittani Lipsey

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Brittani Lipsey, Student, University of Michigan, Winning Futures Class of 2018 As a student at Harper Woods High School, Brittani struggled with knowing what she would do after graduating. Her mentor, Regine Bile, manager at General Motors, helped her create a vision for her future and craft a strategic five-year … 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 »

25 From 25: Deshawn Wafer

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Deshawn Wafer, Students, University of Michigan, Winning Futures Class of 2007 Deshawn was in the Winning Futures program his freshman year at Harper Woods High School. He excelled in the program and applied for a Cupp-Hamilton Scholarship but was not successful. Program Facilitator, Bryan Howard, encouraged him to keep focusing … Read More »

The Impact of Mentorship

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Fawjia Yeasmin, Winning Futures Class of 2018 and current freshman at the University of Michigan – Dearborn. Do you remember what it was like preparing for life after high school? I do, and it wasn’t pretty. For me, the realization that whatever decisions I made would effect my life forever … 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 »