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News & Stories

News & Stories

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


Benny’s Superpower: Celebrating National Mentor Month

January 21, 2021

He said, “I have a superpower.” I wasn’t sure if I heard him correctly. I thought to myself, “Did he say, ‘superpower?’ Is this guy crazy?” Feeling it necessary to get more information, but not sure I really wanted to know more, I nervously responded, “Really? What is it?” “I’m… Read More


The Online Shift: A Teacher’s Perspective

December 14, 2020

Monique Lake, science teacher at Harper Woods High School. Embracing the shift Traditionally, “going to school” has been the place where students and teachers meet each day for the purposes of instilling knowledge and wonder, but the unexpected COVID-19 pandemic shifted that, and sent teachers and students scrambling to figure… Read More


Winning Futures 22nd Annual Golf Classic raises $105,000 for students

November 11, 2020

On Monday, September 14, 2020, over 200 guests joined us at the historic Indianwood Golf and Country Club in Lake Orion, MI for our 22nd Annual Winning Futures Golf Classic in support of our students. $105,000 was raised at the sold-out event sponsored by EHIM, Hamilton Chevrolet, Stahl, and Target… Read More


Winning Futures Appoints New Board Members

November 10, 2020

Left: Scott Thiele, head of portfolio planning, FCA – North America and head of global long range plan coordination. Right: Marlin G. Williams, vice president, global diversity and inclusion at StockX. We are pleased to welcome Scott Thiele, head of portfolio planning, FCA – North America and Marlin Williams, vice… Read More


Virtual Mentor Reunion

August 18, 2020

On July 29, mentors past and present gathered online with our team for our first ever virtual reunion. Familiar faces joined the Zoom call from across the country to spend an hour of their day catching up and reminiscing. With each story and memory shared, the undeniable passion and dedication… Read More


Winning Futures alumni – sign up for our College Success Coaching!  

August 13, 2020

College isn’t easy, for anyone. Challenging class schedules, difficult assignments, living away from home, trying to figure out your career plan…it can easily overwhelm students, but it does not need to!   Our new College Success Coaching program will help former Winning Futures students and current Detroit Promise students overcome challenges college… Read More