News & Updates

News & Updates

A MENTOR’S PERSPECTIVE – Mark Ware

June 23, 2017

I have been a mentor with Winning Futures for four years. Thanks to the outstanding framework of the Winning Futures curriculum, I have made a difference in the lives of over a dozen young men. Winning Futures has allowed me to witness the positive effects the lessons have on students.… Read More


$29,000 in Scholarships Granted at our 23rd Annual Awards Celebration

June 21, 2017

  On Monday, June 12, 2017, nearly 200 people joined us as we honored students and mentors of our partnering schools at our 23rd annual award celebration sponsored by Lear Corporation, EOS Worldwide, Extra Credit Union, and Lusk Albertson. Since our founding in 1994, we have impacted over 46,000 students… Read More


Claudia Ware Stepped out of Her Comfort Zone, into a Bright Future

May 24, 2017

Winning Futures helps students step out of their comfort zones by instilling in them the importance of team work, self-reflection, and vision casting. We spoke with one Winning Futures mentee, Claudia Ware, about how the program has impacted her. Like many students her age, Claudia faced obstacles in school she… Read More


Setting Personal Goals to Reach Success

April 19, 2017

In Winning Futures, we teach students the importance of defining what success is to them. Once they have a clear vision of success, we encourage them to set personal goals. Factors like relationships, character traits, and job satisfaction affect quality of life.  Understanding personal desires aids students in creating aspirations… Read More


Alumnus Nicholas Clarke is Soaring at Albion College

March 31, 2017

Winning Futures alumnus Nicholas Clarke says that the Winning Futures program helped him discover what he wants out of life. In our 22-week program, students work with their mentors to learn the process of setting SMART goals, visualizing their futures, and honing in on the skills and characteristics it takes… Read More


Ninth Annual Corks & Forks Event: Huge Success

March 6, 2017

On Saturday, February 25, 2017, almost 350 supporters and guests gathered at The Townsend Hotel in Birmingham for the ninth annual Corks & Forks wine event presented by Harman, Yazaki, and Lear. VIP guests enjoyed the opportunity to taste a variety of specialty wines from Woodberry Wine while mingling with… Read More


One Simple Way to Maintain Rapport with your Mentee over the Holiday Break

December 15, 2016

Tis the season for celebration, joy and peace. Many of us have time off from our usual obligations and can spend more time with our loved ones. However, not everyone enjoys the holiday season. The holidays can be especially tough for teens who are coping with family issues, a recent… Read More


Welcome New Board Member Hadas Bernard

November 30, 2016

Hadas Bernard, Director at Bernard Financial Group, has recently been elected as a new board member and will be serving a three-year term to help bring in new resources. About joining the Winning Futures Board, Hadas says, “Michigan students deserve and want direction on careers and higher education. Winning Futures… Read More


The Three Types of Values Students Should Explore

November 11, 2016 ,

Part of preparing students to be self-reliant and successful means helping them find a space where they “fit in”. The process of finding this space includes helping them discover what is important to them and what their values are. When students understand their values, they are driven, focused, and able… Read More


Five Things You Need to Know about Mentoring

October 26, 2016

Mentoring is one of the most rewarding and impactful things an adult can do for a student. “A small amount of time invested on your part to share your expertise can open up a new world for someone else,” states Mark Zuckerberg. Students with mentors benefit from having a supportive,… Read More