News & Stories

News & Stories

Experience something that inspires you. Become a mentor!

August 2, 2021

There’s nothing like a global pandemic to make one step back and rethink life. Am I living my purpose? Am I spending my time doing the right things?  A forced pause on our busy lives has given us time to look within ourselves at how we are living life. While we may not have… Read More

Supporting Employee Volunteerism is a Win-Win-Win-Win Scenario

July 20, 2021 ,

   Offering your employees the opportunity to mentor a Metro Detroit high school student in our Workforce Prep program is a win for all involved! It only takes a 30-minute virtual or in-person mentor recruitment presentation to get started. For more information contact Kris Marshall at or 248-709-4488.  For employers, encouraging and supporting employee participation in community-based… Read More

2021 Corks & Forks, A Roaring Good Time!

July 7, 2021

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

Zahira Gonzalvo, SVP and Chief Information Security and Privacy Officer at Flagstar Bank, Joins Board of Directors

July 1, 2021

We are excited to welcome Zahira (Zah) Gonzalvo, SVP, chief information security and privacy officer of Flagstar Bank to our Board of Directors. “I am looking forward to be part of the Winning Futures board.  I would love to increase the pipeline of students interested in technology and cybersecurity” said… Read More

Growing Together. The Mentor/Mentee Relationship.

June 24, 2021 ,

  Mentorship is a two-way street and offers so much more to mentors than simply feeling good about helping others.  In the best of cases mentors find in their students a kindred spirit whose values, self-worth and energy connect with their own.  It’s not just about wisdom flowing from the… Read More

Celebrating our Awesome 2020-21 Students, Mentors, and Sponsors!

June 8, 2021

Our annual Awards Celebration was live and in-person this year! While we still practiced Covid safety protocols, the energy and excitement of being together on a perfect summer evening was undeniable. Some of our students met their mentors face-to-face for the first time, and other students were simply happy to see their mentors outside… Read More

In-Kind Items Needed for Corks & Forks

March 22, 2021

We are seeking fun and interesting items that will be used as auction or raffle items at upcoming events. All proceeds support our 2021-22 Workforce Prep students. Suggested items include: TICKETS to a super cool show, game, or special event. GIFT CERTIFICATES for amazing restaurants, posh hotels, or other unique… Read More

Tony Tomczak and Brandon Leslie Appointed New Board Members

March 22, 2021

Left: Tony Tomczak, Vice President of Corporate Services and Chief Procurement Officer for DTE Energy Right: Brandon Leslie, Vice President - Industrial at Barton Malow We welcome Tony Tomczak, vice president of corporate services and chief procurement officer for DTE Energy, and Brandon Leslie, vice president - industrial at Barton… Read More

Mentoring Done Right!

March 16, 2021

How Valencia White helped Alizsa Johnson overcome COVID-related challenges, grow her business, and strive for her future. Alizsa Johnson considers herself a typical teenager who enjoys hanging out with friends, FaceTiming, texting, and watching TikTok videos. But really, she is anything but typical. Alizsa is a junior at Harper Woods… Read More

Thank You To Our Donors!

February 1, 2021

Our donors are a great source of inspiration. Kimberly Kersten is a senior vice president and director of business banking at Comerica Bank and member of our advisory board. Kimberly donates because she knows the importance and value of our Workforce Prep program. “I donated because I believe in the… Read More