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News & Stories

25 From 25: Joe Owens

June 18, 2019 , , , ,

Joe Owens, Senior Representative - Vending Service Center, MSC Industrial Supply, Winning Futures Class of 2003 At a young age, Joe Owens was forced to take on more adult responsibilities than he could reasonably handle. His parents’ relationship was falling apart, leaving him to take care of his autistic younger… Read More


25 From 25: Dipita Das

June 14, 2019 , , , ,

Dipita Das, Student, University of Michigan Winning Futures Class of 2017 Dipita’s family immigrated to the U.S. in 2000. As the only fluent English-speaking person at home, Dipita’s responsibilities included helping her siblings with homework, translating for her parents, and making sure bills got paid. She struggled to balance the… Read More


Gold, Rice, Hamilton, and WCS Recognized!

June 13, 2019 , , ,

Pictured top left to bottom right: Mike Boguth - Hamilton Chevrolet, Susan Trombley - Warren Consolidated Schools, Les Gold - American Jewelry and Loan, Scott Rice - Powerlink Construction. What does a pawn shop owner, a car dealership, an educator, and a businessman all have in common? They all received… Read More


25th Anniversary Awards Celebration a Huge Success

May 22, 2019 , , ,

Alumni Cupp-Hamilton Scholarship winners pictured left to right: Mario Hanna, Austin Brown, Katie Filion, Jose House, Jr, Mark Daiowd, and Brittani Lipsey. “I can frankly say that Winning Futures is strong. It’s unique. It’s built right. And it has the drivers behind it with the Winning Futures staff and all… Read More


25 From 25: Deshawn Wafer

May 21, 2019 , ,

Deshawn Wafer, Students, University of Michigan, Winning Futures Class of 2007 Deshawn was in the Winning Futures program his freshman year at Harper Woods High School. He excelled in the program and applied for a Cupp-Hamilton Scholarship but was not successful. Program Facilitator, Bryan Howard, encouraged him to keep focusing… Read More


25 From 25: Lori Gulecki

May 20, 2019 , ,

Lori Gulecki, Financial Analyst, Kelly Services, Winning Futures Class of 1998 When Lori was a student at Warren Mott High School, she didn’t have a plan for her future, and her grades were slipping. It wasn’t until she joined the Winning Futures program her senior year that she began to… Read More


Making the World a Better Place: A Mentor’s Perspective

May 15, 2019 ,

Gavin Haque (center) mentoring students at Community High School. Making the World a Better Place: A Mentor’s Perspective By Gavin Haque, Assessment Specialist and Trainer at Kaplan Early Learning Center and Winning Futures Mentor I’ve had a very successful career over the last forty years in sales and management for… Read More


25 From 25: Melvin Akins III

April 15, 2019 , ,

Melvin Akins III, Contractor, James White Enterprises Winning Futures Class of 2013 Melvin’s mother died when he was in 8th grade, leaving his 21-year-old sister to raise him and his four other siblings. Melvin was suddenly weighed down by adult responsibilities, was frequently in trouble at school, and had little… Read More


25 From 25: Jennifer Brubaker

April 15, 2019 , ,

Jennifer Brubaker, Executive Director, Gianna House Winning Futures Class of 2000 Growing up, Jennifer bounced around from school to school until she finally landed at Cousino High School in Warren. When she started in the Winning Futures program, she was suffering from low self-esteem and didn’t believe she had a… Read More


Mentoring Longevity

April 10, 2019 ,

Dave Fernholz (right) at his Winning futures mentee Jama Whitaker's (left) graduation. Dave Fernholz wanted to be better prepared for when his own kids became teenagers. Little did he know that his desire to be a better parent would lead to two decades of mentoring and receiving our 20 Year… Read More