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News & Stories

25 From 25: Melvin Akins III

April 15, 2019 , ,

Melvin Akins III, Contractor, James White Enterprises Winning Futures Class of 2013 Melvin’s mother died when he was in 8th grade, leaving his 21-year-old sister to raise him and his four other siblings. Melvin was suddenly weighed down by adult responsibilities, was frequently in trouble at school, and had little… Read More


25 From 25: Jennifer Brubaker

April 15, 2019 , ,

Jennifer Brubaker, Executive Director, Gianna House Winning Futures Class of 2000 Growing up, Jennifer bounced around from school to school until she finally landed at Cousino High School in Warren. When she started in the Winning Futures program, she was suffering from low self-esteem and didn’t believe she had a… Read More


Mentoring Longevity

April 10, 2019 ,

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


Winning Futures Students Get a Glimpse of The Future

March 20, 2019 ,

Winning Futures students at the HARMAN Technology Expo. Our students from Madison and Warren Mott High Schools were invited to experience the future of automotive technology at the HARMAN Technology Expo on February 8, 2019. Click here to see photos. HARMAN designs and engineers connected products and solutions for automakers,… Read More


A Teacher’s Perspective

March 19, 2019 ,

Erin Prim (right) is an English Instructor at Cass Technical High School in Detroit. Cass Tech has hosted our Winning Futures program for seven years. Pictured with Erin is 11th grade student, Chloe (left). A Teacher’s Perspective By Erin Prim, English Instructor, Cass Technical High School, Detroit I have been… Read More


25 From 25: Lourin Younan

March 19, 2019 , ,

Lourin Younan, Undergraduate Student, Wayne State University Winning Futures Class of 2016 Lourin immigrated to the United States from Iraq when she was 8 years old. She’d struggled with self-confidence from trying to juggle her new American life and her Chaldean identity. As a senior at Madison High School, Lourin… Read More


25 From 25: Terrell White, Jr.

March 19, 2019 , ,

Terrell White, Jr., Executive Assistant, Porter Media Group, Owner, Innovative Choice, Winning Futures Class of 2018 As a senior at Cornerstone Health + Technology, Terrell had big dreams for his future, but needed a little help from business mentors to achieve his goals. His Winning Futures mentor Michael Wooley, senior… Read More


Lear Executive, Frank Orsini, Receives Sam Cupp Impact Award

March 4, 2019 , , , ,

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


With Us From the Beginning, Hamilton Chevrolet Celebrates 25 Years of Support

February 27, 2019 , ,

Mike Boguth in the Hamilton Chevrolet showroom with a 2018 Corvette. An interview with Mike Boguth, Vice President, Dealer Operator, Owner, Hamilton Chevrolet   When Sam Cupp first launched Winning Futures, what was your reaction? I felt it was an extremely generous thing for him to do. Giving or investing… Read More


Corks & Forks Raises $315,000

February 27, 2019 , ,

Guests at the 2019 Corks & Forks. Our annual Corks & Forks, hosted by Lear Corporation, was held this past Saturday, February 23, 2019, at The Townsend Hotel in Birmingham. The sold out crowd enjoyed samples from an exclusive collection of unique wines, tequilas, and scotches, gourmet cuisine, and a… Read More