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News & Stories

Pete Hockey, Global Director of Supply Chain Operations at Ford Motor Company, Joins our Board

July 11, 2022

Pete Hockey, Ford Motor Company’s global director of Supply Chain Operations has joined our Board of Directors. “I’m honored to be a part of the Winning Futures team. The vision of using top-notch mentoring programs to positively impact our youth is something that resonates with me. I’m excited to join… Read More

Razzaaq McConner, Vice President of Purchasing & Supply Chain – Americas at Adient, Joins Board of Directors

July 11, 2022

We are pleased to welcome Razzaaq McConner, vice president of Purchasing & Supply Chain – Americas, to our Board of Directors. “Winning Futures gives me the opportunity to mentor and develop young people who faced the same challenges as I did as a high school student in Pontiac,” said McConner.… Read More

$50,000 Awarded and 17 Mentors Honored, Our 2022 Awards Celebration in Review

July 11, 2022 , ,

Our 28th Annual Awards Celebration was held on May 17, 2022, at The Gazebo Banquet Center in Warren. We awarded a grand total of $50,000 to 24 phenomenal students from our Workforce Prep program. We also honored 17 dedicated local business professionals who completed their fifth year as career mentors! … Read More

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, to 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 part… 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