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News & Stories

News & Stories

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.

September 28, 2022 , ,

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


Our golfers brought out the sun and raised $150K at our 24th Annual Golf Classic

September 20, 2022 ,

  Unlike last year, there was no rain at this year’s Golf Classic, so we were already off to a good start. More than 255 people participated in our 24th annual Golf Classic and helped us raise $150,000 to support students in our Workforce Prep program. The outing was held… Read More


May Thao is learning important life and job readiness skills while planning for her future. Her career mentor is helping her along the way.

September 8, 2022

[caption id="attachment_75913" align="aligncenter" width="450"] Pontiac Academy for Excellence student, May Thao (right), with her career mentor, Lida Kuehne, supplier quality development at General Motors.[/caption]   May Thao is a senior at Pontiac Academy for Excellence and in the third year of our Workforce Prep program. With help from her career… Read More


Denzel Lane wants to be a veterinarian or car design engineer. With help from his career mentor, he’ll figure it out.

September 6, 2022

[caption id="attachment_75874" align="aligncenter" width="450"] Denzel (left) with his mentor Phillip during one of our Workforce Prep sessions at Cass Technical High School.[/caption]   Denzel Lane is a 16-year-old student at Cass Technical High School in Detroit. He recently completed his first year (10th grade) in our Workforce Prep program and… Read More


Mohammad Zaman is in our College Success Mentoring program and on his way to becoming a user experience designer.

September 6, 2022

[caption id="attachment_75870" align="aligncenter" width="450"] Mohammad Zaman received our Alumni Scholarship at our 2022 Awards Celebration.[/caption]   Mohammad Zaman is entering his senior year at Michigan State University (MSU), working towards a Bachelor of Science in computer science and his dream of becoming a user experience designer. He’s focused, motivated, and… Read More


Black Male Career Mentors: You are the Key to Inspiring the Next Generation

August 8, 2022 ,

I had the privilege of meeting with one of our most dynamic career mentor-student pairings, Aubin Williams and Aidan Watkins. Williams is the president and CEO of Ekklesia Building Corporation, a general contracting, program management, and construction company. Watkins is a 19-year-old full-time student at Wayne County Community College studying… Read More


Paying It Forward as a Career Mentor

July 11, 2022 , ,

Pay it forward is an expression for when the recipient of kindness does something kind in turn for someone else rather than simply accepting or repaying the original good deed.   Tamara Taylor, complexity lead at Stellantis, has been the recipient of many acts of kindness and encouragement throughout her… Read More


Pete Hockey, Global Director of Supply Chain Operations at Ford Motor Company, Joins our Board

July 11, 2022

Pete Hockey, Ford Motor Company’s global director of Supply Chain Operations has joined our Board of Directors. “I’m honored to be a part of the Winning Futures team. The vision of using top-notch mentoring programs to positively impact our youth is something that resonates with me. I’m excited to join… Read More


Razzaaq McConner, Vice President of Purchasing & Supply Chain – Americas at Adient, Joins Board of Directors

July 11, 2022

We are pleased to welcome Razzaaq McConner, Adient's vice president of Purchasing & Supply Chain – Americas, to our Board of Directors. “Winning Futures gives me the opportunity to mentor and develop young people who faced the same challenges as I did as a high school student in Pontiac,” said… Read More


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

July 11, 2022 , ,

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