News & Stories

News & Stories

Rain proves no match for positive attitude at the 2021 Golf Classic.

October 14, 2021

The day started great. 260 golfers convened at Indianwood Country Club in Lake Orion for some golf, networking, and a whole bunch of fun while raising support for students in our Workforce Prep program.   See pics from our 2021 Golf Classic! Guests started arriving by 8:30 a.m. After checking in, getting their complimentary dozen… Read More

Empowering, Zoom Conquering – These are our Mentors

September 16, 2021

  Our mentors come from every nook and cranny in the Metro Detroit business world. From small mom and pop shops to large international corporations, you’ll find in our ranks everything from entrepreneurs to presidents. One thing they all have in common is this – they’re making a real and… Read More

Talene Sarkissian, the Next Cyber Security Sleuth

September 16, 2021

Talene with her parents at our 2018 Awards Celebration   Talene Sarkissian is a graduate of our Workforce Prep program at Warren Mott High School and current undergrad at Tiffin University where she is studying for a degree in cyber security with a minor in homeland security and terrorism. With… Read More

Durell Thomas, Jr., Sports Photographer in the Making

September 16, 2021

When it comes to iconic sports photos, Detroiters often recall the pic of Kirk Gibson roaring and leaping after he belted a heroic dinger in the ’84 World Series. Or maybe it’s the pic of Ben Wallace, leaving defenders six feet below as he got major air and attacked the… Read More

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