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News & Stories

News & Stories

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 has joined 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… Read More


2022 Corks & Forks a Smash Hit!

March 17, 2022

Our annual Corks & Forks gala was a smash hit this year! After a brief COVID-related hiatus, we returned to The Townsend Hotel in Birmingham on March 12 where we were joined by a sold-out crowd of 200 guests. The event was chaired by Pete Hockey, global commodity director –… Read More


The Surprising Benefits of Being a Volunteer

February 14, 2022

Nonprofit organizations, like Winning Futures, depend on the giving nature of volunteers. By donating your time, knowledge, and experiences you can help others feel empowered, facilitate change and help reduce costs. All this because of who you are and what you can offer. Of course, at its core, volunteering is… Read More


Celebrating our Awesome Mentors this National Mentoring Month

January 3, 2022

National Mentoring Month brings us the opportunity to recognize the power of one-on-one relationships that help young people find and follow their passions, identify interesting career paths, and pursue their dreams.  While our mentors all come from the Metro Detroit community and represent a wide range of industries, there’s one common thread… Read More


Student Spotlight: Thai Morris, Entrepreneur and Full-Time Web Developer

January 3, 2022 ,

When Thai Morris, web developer at Walker-Miller Energy Services, graduated from Cass Tech in 2014, he had a plan and a strong passion for computer programing. Did he know that he would continue on to become an entrepreneur and full-time web developer? Maybe. But what he didn’t know is that… Read More


Julie Rayes – Leaving a Legacy!

January 3, 2022 ,

In December as we celebrated Julie Rayes' retirement from Winning Futures, Julie did not realize that we had a surprise in store for her. As a slide show finished that captured her 10 years of service, the final slide stated: 2021 Sam Cupp Legacy Award, presented to Julie Rayes. As… Read More