Winning Futures

CEO Recieves Distinguished Leadership Award

Distinguished Leadership Award

Winning Futures CEO Kristina Marshall was recently recognized by the Michigan Business and Professional Associations Women Leadership in the Workplace Program.  On February 4, 2014, during their 18th Annual “Women Leadership in the Workplace Conference”; Marshall was presented with the “Distinguished Leadership Award” for her outstanding achievements in the business community.

The Women Leadership in the Workplace program is a joint venture of the Michigan Business & Professional Association and a distinguished advisory committee of leading businesswomen and community leaders. The ongoing mission of the annual Women and Leadership in the Workplace Conference is to promote high professional standards, encourage leadership, provide education and assure equal advantages for women who have demonstrated excellence in their professions, place of employment, and volunteerism.

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WINNING FUTURES PARTY RAISES $32,000

WARREN, Mich., April 01, 2014 – Winning Futures, a nonprofit organization that inspires and prepares at-risk youth for success, raised over $32,000 for its life skills, mentoring and scholarship programs at an Opening Day Party targeting business professionals on March 31, 2014.

Opening Day Post Collage            The event, sponsored by local businesses Bernard Financial Group, Farm Bureau Insurance, Fifth Third Bank, Maris, Brown and Rossell Insurance Group, MotorCity Office Solutions and O’Keefe, was held at the Gem Theatre where over 400 clients and executive level staff shared food and drinks in celebration of the Detroit Tigers home opener.

Money raised at the event will support the Winning Futures’ mentoring programs in Detroit, Harper Woods, Madison Heights, Pontiac and Warren, enabling high school students to partner with business mentors for the school year. Students will meet with their mentors on a weekly basis and complete fun, structured activities focused on character value development, goal setting, job readiness skills, and strategic five-year planning.

Contributions from the event will also support $25,000 in scholarships for the “RARE Everyday Hero Scholarship Program.” RARE honors real heroes that are changing lives, inspiring others and have made a difference through extraordinary commitment, integrity, selflessness and courage. RARE provides a forum for students to write about Everyday Heroes in their communities to help them see possibilities and make the connection to fulfilling careers and meaningful lives. High school seniors in Michigan are awarded $2,500 scholarships and the heroes they write about are honored annually at Winning Futures’ Night of Heroes event.

“Each year we are more and more amazed at the generosity and commitment of our sponsors and their guests,” said Kristina Marshall, President and CEO of Winning Futures. “Enabling us to provide mentors and scholarships to high school students that show great potential, the money raised at this event is integral to helping our kids reach their goals and continue their educational success. We truly thank each of our sponsors and all attendees for their continued support and charitable spirits. Together, we can make a difference in young people’s lives.”

Winning Futures is an award-winning non-profit organization that empowers youth to succeed through mentoring and strategic planning.  We partner with high schools in metro Detroit to facilitate weekly innovative mentoring sessions in the school where we engage youth through trusting relationships with mentors, energizing experiences, and unforgettable life lessons.  This weekly program is unique in that it has a fun, structured curriculum where mentors teach students though hands-on activities, written exercises, and group discussions.  We focus on character value development, self-exploration, goal setting, job readiness skills, overcoming obstacles, and strategic planning.  Over 95% of students continue their education past high school and we have awarded over $1.9M in scholarships to local youth.  Since 1994, 30,000 students have been impacted by Winning Futures.

Winning Futures Opening Day Party 2014

Opening Day Fundraiser 2014

WARREN, Mich., April 01, 2014 – Winning Futures, a nonprofit organization that inspires and prepares at-risk youth for success, raised over $32,000 for its life skills, mentoring and scholarship programs at an Opening Day Party targeting business professionals on March 31, 2014.

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The event, sponsored by local businesses Bernard Financial Group, Farm Bureau Insurance, Fifth Third Bank, Maris, Brown and Rossell Insurance Group, MotorCity Office Solutions and O’Keefe, was held at the Gem Theatre where over 400 clients and executive level staff shared food and drinks in celebration of the Detroit Tigers home opener.

Money raised at the event will support the Winning Futures’ mentoring programs in Detroit, Harper Woods, Madison Heights, Pontiac and Warren, enabling high school students to partner with business mentors for the school year. Students will meet with their mentors on a weekly basis and complete fun, structured activities focused on character value development, goal setting, job readiness skills, and strategic five-year planning.

Contributions from the event will also support $25,000 in scholarships for the “RARE Everyday Hero Scholarship Program.” RARE honors real heroes that are changing lives, inspiring others and have made a difference through extraordinary commitment, integrity, selflessness and courage. RARE provides a forum for students to write about Everyday Heroes in their communities to help them see possibilities and make the connection to fulfilling careers and meaningful lives. High school seniors in Michigan are awarded $2,500 scholarships and the heroes they write about are honored annually at Winning Futures’ Night of Heroes event.

“Each year we are more and more amazed at the generosity and commitment of our sponsors and their guests,” said Kristina Marshall, President and CEO of Winning Futures. “Enabling us to provide mentors and scholarships to high school students that show great potential, the money raised at this event is integral to helping our kids reach their goals and continue their educational success. We truly thank each of our sponsors and all attendees for their continued support and charitable spirits. Together, we can make a difference in young people’s lives.”

Opening Day Party Event Details

The Tiger’s Opening Day game at Comerica Park is just days away, and so is our annual Opening Day Party!   Beginning at 11:00 a.m. on Monday, March 31st at Detroit’s Gem Theatre, this year’s Opening Day Party promises a lot of fun and great networking opportunities! Event Details:

  • Check in with your sponsor host or with Winning Futures at the theatre’s main entrance along Madison Avenue beginning at 11:00 a.m.
  • Only guests listed on our sponsors’ registration lists or who have purchased tickets will be permitted to attend.
  • Additional tickets may be purchased at www.winningfutures.org/Opening-Day.html.
  • The day includes a full buffet, beer, wine, sodas (Cash Bar available)
  • Please note the bar and theater on the second floor will also be open.
  • Network while the Tiger’s Opening Day game at Comerica Park plays on monitors throughout the venue.
  • Guests with game tickets will be welcome to come and go as they please throughout the day.
  • Cash and charge accepted for all of our auctions and raffles!
  • Please arrive by 11:00 a.m. to find a parking spot.  Parking is available at several lots at and around the theatre; it is not included in the price of admission.
  • The Gem Theatre is located at 333 Madison Avenue, Detroit, MI 48226.

Other event highlights will include a:

  • 50/50 Cash Raffle
  • Silent Auction
  • 20 items including dinner and spa gift certificates, Tiger’s tickets, golf at Indianwood Country Club, and much more
    • Live Auction with great prizes such as:
    • Golf at Oakland Hills Country Club with former Detroit Tiger pitcher Frank Tanana.  Opening Bid:  $600.
    • Nick Lindstrom and Max Scherzer autographed jerseys.  Opening Bids: $300.
    • Detroit Tiger’s Suite 117 with 18 tickets and 5 parking passes for Friday, April 18th.  Opening bid:  $1,000.
    • Two tickets to NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Race at MIS with a VIP experience.

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Cornerstone Charter Schools Add New Campus

 

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CORNERSTONE CHARTER SCHOOLS ADD NEW CAMPUS IN THE
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Cornerstone Health + Technology High School Set for Fall 2014 Move-In

Nationally recognized educational leaders, Cornerstone Charter Schools is adding another multi-million dollar campus to its portfolio. The Cornerstone Health + Technology High School will host its Ceremonial Groundbreaking Ceremony April 3, at 10:30 a.m. at 17351 Southfield Fwy, Detroit, MI 48235 (formerly St. Scholastica Grammar School).

The Cornerstone Health + Technology High School will call the corner of Outer Drive Blvd. and the Southfield Freeway its new home, and will be a part of an aggressive $10M investment. The project is scheduled for completion in July 2014 and is estimated to generate 80 construction jobs.

The Health + Technology High School utilizes state-of-the-art technology and resources to provide a personalized learning experience. Additionally, the school was recognized as one of Education Week’s “Top 35 High Schools Worth Visiting” (#6), received the “Promising School Designation” by Excellent Schools, and is the “Next Gen Learning Recipient” (Technology Innovatively in the Classroom category) by the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation. The blended-learning model merges traditional teaching styles with a high-technology and independent-learning style. Students have opportunities to conduct job shadows and internships at the area’s top health and wellness organizations, among other unique experiences.

“We are really looking forward to breaking ground, making the improvements and being ready to serve the students of Detroit this coming Fall,” says Tom Willis, Cornerstone Charters Schools CEO. “Our innovative curriculum and teaching methods have shown to be quite successful for our current students, and we look forward to welcoming our new students.”

Additionally, the school will host a salad bar to allow students nutritious eating options. The salad bar, donated by Dole Food Company and Meijer, features a wide array of fresh fruits and vegetables, to boost new choices for students at breakfast and lunch. The donated bar is part of First Lady Michelle Obama’s broader Let’s Move! initiative to end childhood obesity in a generation.

Enrollment for the fall is NOW OPEN. Click here for details.

Newly Appointed Board Members

Winning Futures, an award-winning non-profit organization that empowers young people to succeed through mentoring and strategic planning, today announced the election of new board members. Kristina Marshall, president and CEO of Winning Futures, made the announcement.

New Board Members

“We have a tremendous amount of new talent on the Winning Futures Board of Directors, representing key Michigan industries,” Marshall said. “Our board is a critical part of our organization’s ability to be successful, providing leadership, connections and resources that create more opportunity for our young people.”

Winning Futures’ mentoring programs help young people become self-reliant and personally successful through trusting relationships, energizing experiences, and unforgettable life lessons.

Elected to serve in the beginning of January 2014 are: Ellyn Davidson, managing partner for Brogan & Partners; John Erwin, vice president of Purchasing and Environmental Health and Safety for SRG Global, Inc.; Lisa Gandelot, owner of Gandelot & Associates; Cynthia Grubbs, vice president of Public Affairs for Mavin Global; Theresa Hilborn, program purchasing director for General Motors Truck, Sport-Utility, Cross-Overs and Van vehicle platforms; Trevor Pawl, director of Pure Michigan Business Connect; and Chuck Schmidt, partner at Seizert Capital Partners, LLC.

Ellyn Davidson is the managing partner for Brogan & Partners, a 30-year-old marketing communications agency in Birmingham. Davidson is also a Breast Cancer 3-Day Team Captain, Director of Ta Ta Breast Cancer, Outreach Coordinator for FORCE and a Breast Cancer speaker. She received a Bachelor in business administration from the University of Wisconsin-Madison and an International Business Specialization from the London School of Economics. Davidson lives in Huntington Woods with her husband, Jon and their children.

John Erwin is vice president of Purchasing and Environmental Health and Safety for SRG Global Inc., a Guardian company. Before joining Guardian, he held various positions of increasing responsibility within the supply chain management organizations of TI Automotive, General Motors Corp. and Reitter Schefenacker, now SMR-Automotive. Erwin received a bachelor’s degree in Marketing from Bryant University in North Smithfield, Rhode Island.

 

Lisa Gandelot is the director of Projects and Special Events for Gandelot & Associates, a estate planning and wealth preservation law firm based in Grosse Pointe Farms. Gandelot has an extensive history of nonprofit service, having worked for the Michigan Women’s Foundation and Children’s Home of Detroit, and volunteering with the Junior League of Detroit, Tau Beta, and the Grosse Pointe Historical Society, among others.  Gandelot earned a bachelor’s degree from Michigan State University and has undertaken graduate studies at Wayne State University.

 

Cynthia Grubbs is vice president of Public Affairs for Mavin Global, a software development firm in Southfield. Grubbs has been a small business liaison for the State of Michigan Economic

Development Corporation for more than 12 years, providing consultative services pertaining to business growth strategies. She is certified with the Economic Development Finance Professional National Development Council and was honored as the SBA’s Minority Business Advocate in 2011.

Theresa Hilborn is a program purchasing director for General Motors Truck, Sport-Utility, Cross-Oversand Van vehicle platforms in Warren. She began her career with Ford Motor Company, working in Manufacturing and holding various leadership positions in fields of Quality/Reliability and Engineering. She holds a BS degree in Mathematics, MBA, Masters in Education and Engineering. Hillborn resides in Northville, with her husband and three children.

Trevor Pawl is the director of Pure Michigan Business Connect, a Michigan Economic Development Corporation initiative to connect Michigan companies with innovative growth opportunities. Pawl founded Connection Point, an economic development program within the Detroit Regional Chamber that uncovered millions in procurement opportunities for Michigan companies. He has advised the White House Business Council and the U.S. Department of Commerce on supplier diversity and matchmaking initiatives. He earned a Master of Business Administration from the University of Detroit Mercy, a Bachelor of Arts from Grand Valley State University, and Certificate in Global Affairs from New York University.

Chuck Schmidt is a partner at Seizert Capital Partners, LLC, where he co-manages the Large Cap Value and Core disciplines of the firm. He also assists both private and institutional clients with individualized investment portfolios. Schmidt previously worked for Loomis Sayles & Co., L.P., as portfolio manager and co-manager of the Investment Counsel Group. He received a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration with an emphasis in economics and finance from Lake Superior State University and a master’s degree in Business Administration from Western Michigan University.

 

About Winning Futures
Winning Futures is an award-winning non-profit organization that empowers youth to succeed through mentoring and strategic planning.  We partner with high schools in metro Detroit to facilitate weekly innovative mentoring sessions in the school where we engage youth through trusting relationships with mentors, energizing experiences, and unforgettable life lessons. This weekly program is unique in that it has a fun, structured curriculum where mentors teach students though hands-on activities, written exercises, and group discussions. We focus on character value development, self-exploration, goal setting, job readiness skills, overcoming obstacles, and strategic planning. Over 95% of students continue their education past high school and we have awarded over $1.7M in scholarships to local youth.  Since 1994, 30,000 students have been impacted by Winning Futures.

 

Our History 1997

FItzpatrick BagMike Fitzpatrick became a mentor in 1997 and played an instrumental role in launching our mentoring program at Community High School in 1998.   This year Mike will be celebrating his 17th year as a Winning Futures Mentor. Above and beyond his mentoring, Mike also serves numerous volunteer roles within the Winning Futures Program.  He is a financial sponsor, a coach to new mentors, gives annual hands-on career tours of his manufacturing facility for hundreds of students, as well as provides job shadowing opportunities to the alternative high school students to earn credit toward gradation.

Winning Futures on American Graduate Special

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Rob Otto and Ken Elkins are guest on Detroit Public Television’s  American Graduate Community Town Hall to Discuss Solutions to the Dropout Crisis

The American Graduate Community Town Hall brings together Metro Detroit nonprofit leaders, parents, students and educators in a town hall setting to share ideas and solutions to the dropout crisis. Moderated by Christy McDonald, the Town Hall will be broadcast locally on February 27th and available online for on-demand viewing.

“This Town Hall continues our commitment to working with our community to use the power of public television to take important steps toward solving the most important issues in and around Metro Detroit,” said Rich Homberg, president and CEO of Detroit Public Television. “We hope families and educators will watch and learn about how schools are working to combat the dropout crisis with innovative thinking and action.”

Detroit Public TV is working closely with the PBS NewsHour on production of the town hall, which is one of many community town halls being held around the nation including Nine Network in Saint Louis, MO; WHRO in Norfolk, VA; WTTW in Chicago, IL; WFYI in Indianapolis, IN; PBS SoCal in Los Angeles, CA; New Mexico PBS in Albuquerque, NM; WHUT in Washington, DC; WNPT in Nashville, TN; CET in Cincinnati, OH; WFSU in Tallahassee, FL; and WNET in New York, NY.

 About American Graduate

American Graduate: Let’s Make it Happen is helping local communities identify and implement solutions to the high school dropout crisis. American Graduate demonstrates public media’s commitment to education and its deep roots in every community it serves. Beyond providing programming that educates, informs, and inspires public radio and television stations — locally owned and operated — are important resources in helping to address critical issues, such as the dropout rate. In addition to national programming, more than 75 public radio and television stations in 33 states have launched on-the-ground efforts working with community and at risk youth to keep students on-track to high school graduation. More than 1000 partnerships have been formed locally through American Graduate, and CPB is working with Alma and Colin Powell’s America’s Promise Alliance and Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation.

6th Annual Corks & Forks

Winning Futures Team

Winning Futures, held its premier fundraiser – the sixth annual Corks and Forks – on Saturday, February 8, 2014.   The exclusive  event held at the Reserve at Big Rock Chop House in Birmingham, Michigan,  featured over 40 different wines made available from  PRP Wine International.  Over 350 Corks and Forks patrons sampled a variety of unique wines, martinis and enjoyed a gourmet buffet.  The event raised close to $35,000 to benefit Winning Futures’ youth development and scholarship programs.

Winning Futures also presented its inaugural Sam Cupp Impact Awards. These awards celebrate the life and vision of Winning Futures’ late founder Sam Cupp. The presentation recognizes a business man and woman who has impacted their community through charity work, education, or creating opportunities for individuals to have their own business.

To see more images from this unbelievable evening click event  photos.

 

 

Our History 1996

Linda Reinhart and Laurie Tarter

In 1996, the dynamic duo of Linda Reinhart and Laurie Tarter joined the Winning Futures team.  By the end of 1997 the program became a formalized, facilitated mentoring program promising mentors and students a like an unforgettable, energizing, learning experience.