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News & Stories

News & Stories

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… Read More


Career Mentors: How Monica Labe helped Lourin Younan achieve her dream.

June 14, 2022

[caption id="attachment_75751" align="aligncenter" width="450"] Lourin Younan (left) in 2016 with her Career Mentor, Monica Labe (center).[/caption] Monica listened intently to an anxious high school student who described a “rudderless” feeling hanging over her like a cloud. The student was worried about not knowing what to do after graduation or how… Read More


The Journey of a Student Becoming a Mentor.

May 16, 2022

When an individual decides to mentor someone it’s a gift. A gift of shared knowledge, experience and most precious of them all – their time.  In the story of Tom Zara, his experience with our program is something he carries with him and it has inspired him to come full… Read More


Why Career Mentors Matter

April 4, 2022 ,

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


Dreams are worth supporting.

March 30, 2022

In 2021, we launched our pilot College Success Mentoring program (CSM) for students who completed our high school program and are now enrolled in community colleges, universities, trade schools, or apprenticeships. In the CSM program, students are paired with a college success mentor for monthly one-hour video calls and discussion… Read More


Tim Mailley, Global Head of Ford Business at Yazaki North America, Joins Board of Directors

March 24, 2022

  We are honored to welcome Tim Mailley, vice president - global head of Ford business unit at Yazaki North America, to our Board of Directors. “There’s very little that separates people, but circumstances and available resources can make a difference,” said Mailley. “I’m inspired by the opportunity to be part… Read More