News & Updates

News & Updates

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


CEO of Center Line Electric Joins Winning Futures Board of Directors

January 10, 2018

Winning Futures recently elected to its board of directors Kelvin B. Squires, CEO of Center Line Electric Inc. in Center Line. Before acquiring Center Line Electric in 2016, Squires spent 32 years working in the automotive industry, retiring in 2016 from Ford Motor Company as chief engineer, Global Powertrain Manufacturing… Read More


Looking Back on a Year of Great Success

December 28, 2017

It’s that time of year when people look back at their blessings over the past year and make plans for the next. We at Winning Futures are no different, except that we are sharing our thoughts and wishes with you. Looking back, we’ve had some great successes among our mentees.… Read More


Happy #GivingTuesday!

November 28, 2017

  Happy #GivingTuesday! Today is the day that kicks off the charitable season with a call to service and giving back. We ask for your help in changing the lives of youths by supporting our mentoring programs that teach how to make good life decisions, set goals and become self-reliant: https://winningfutures.org/donate/. Donations… Read More


GM Executive is a Game changer for the Winning Futures Board of Directors

November 14, 2017

Winning Futures, an award-winning nonprofit organization that empowers young people to succeed through mentoring, strategic planning, and workforce preparation elected Matt Joshua as a new board member this year. Matt Joshua is the Global Purchasing Executive Director of Electrical Systems and Advanced Products for General Motors. Mr. Joshua first became… Read More


#GivingTuesday Kickoff

October 25, 2017

#GivingTuesday The benefits of a mentor/mentee relationship are both immediate and long term, studies show, and those results are borne out at Winning Futures, where between 85-91 percent of our mentees last school year said our programs taught them how to achieve their career goals, attain job-readiness skills, improve study… Read More