News & Stories

News & Stories

Golfers Raise $140,000 at the 20th Annual Lear Golf Classic

September 18, 2018 , , ,

Our 20th Annual Lear Golf Classic raised more than $140,000 to support our new Workforce Prep program. You would think that on a rainy Monday the last thing anyone would want to do is spend the day golfing. This wasn’t the case for the 246 people who, with positive attitudes… Read More

Ford Executive, Matt Duffy, Joins Board of Directors

September 17, 2018 , ,

Matt Duffy, Global Director of Electrical and Electronics Purchasing, Ford Motor Company Matt Duffy, global director, Electrical and Electronics Purchasing, Ford Motor Company, has been elected to Winning Futures’ board of directors. Duffy’s 25-year career includes stops at IBM, Apple, Goodyear Tire and Rubber Company, and Sonos. His more notable… Read More

Dresner Foundation Awards $150,000 Grant to Winning Futures

September 17, 2018 , ,

Career Program Associate, Katherine Morgan (center), with Winning Futures mentor, Mark O’Malley (bottom left), and students at Warren Mott High School. We are excited to announce that we received a two-year $150,000 grant award from the Vera and Joseph Dresner Foundation. Funding from the Dresner Foundation will support core expenses… Read More

2018 Awards Ceremony – Changing the World!

June 15, 2018 , , ,

2018 scholarship winners left to right: Brittany Padilla, Breia Swanigan, and Samantha Susalla. I’ve been to many awards ceremonies in my lifetime and I’ve watched a few on television. They’re mostly mundane. Too many times participants rave about themselves or how something they’ve done changed the world when really they… Read More

Lost Then Found – Deshawn Wafer’s Story

May 23, 2018 , ,

Deshawn just completed his freshman year at the University of Michigan and plans to be a nurse. I met Deshawn Wafer on a sunny afternoon at a local Starbucks. We talked about his time in our mentoring program at Harper Woods High School. He said he was lost. All I… Read More

She Was Worried She Wouldn’t Be a Good Mentor. Now She’s Receiving the Governor’s Service Award.

May 21, 2018 , ,

Pictured left to right are Stephanie K, Angel, and Lee Ellen Kerr at WWCK - Supertalk 1570 AM. Lee Ellen Kerr is the kind of person that wants to give back. So when we pitched our mentoring program to Lee and a small group of her colleagues at Dow Automotive,… Read More

Besties Benefit From Mentors

March 27, 2018 ,

Pictured left to right are Lee Ellen Kerr, Jazmine Jones, Ruby Houston, and Stephanie Jones. Best friends Ruby Houston and Jazmine Jones have known each other for several years. You could say they knew almost everything about themselves and each other, except one thing. They didn’t know what they would… Read More

Corks & Forks Makes a Big Splash

March 22, 2018

Pictured at the 2018 Corks & Forks are Kristina Marshall, president and CEO, Winning Futures, and Event Chair, Matt Duffy, global purchasing director, Ford Motor Company. Fine wine, gourmet cuisine, live jazz, and a hilarious auction emceed by Les Gold from the TV hit series, Hardcore Pawn – all this… Read More

Winning Futures First and Only in Michigan to Earn National Quality Member Designation

March 19, 2018 ,

Dipita Das (right) with her mentor, Sharon vanSpronsen (left), at the 2017 Awards Ceremony where Dipita received a Winning Futures scholarship. We are very proud to announce that our mentoring program was recently awarded the National Quality Member designation from MENTOR: The National Mentoring Partnership (MENTOR). We are the first… Read More

Keys to College: Discovering Uniqueness by Flaunting Weakness

February 12, 2018 ,

“Do you want to be normal or different? Do you want to be average or exceptional?” David Rendall’s The Freak Factor: Discovering Uniqueness by Flaunting Weakness inspired us to ask our students these questions in our new “Finding Your Strengths” session in our Keys to College program. The facilitators help… Read More