Winning Futures

Monthly Archives: October 2011


STERLING HEIGHTS, MI – Laurie Tarter, Program Director and Vice President of Winning Futures, a non-profit school-based mentoring program, has been named one of this year’s Twilight Civic Leadership Award Honorees. The Twilight Foundation Community Leadership Awards recognize individuals and organizations whose leadership has made a significant impact in their particular Detroit metro area communities. Laurie was honored for her passion and commitment to building foundations of success in our youth through mentorship.

“I never expected to receive an award for the work that I do. I want to thank Twilight Foundation for acknowledging my efforts to make a difference in the community. I wake up each day hoping that in some small way I can make a difference in the lives of the young people of our community, and this award suggests that perhaps I have succeeded in some measure. Thank you for inspiring me to work a little harder and to give a little more,” said Laurie Tarter.

Joan Mantini, former mentee and award nominator, stated, “Laurie’s expectations as a mentor were to be a motivational coach for my team within the Winning Futures program. Laurie was so much more than just a coach to all of us. She was an encourager, a highly respected role model, an inspiration, and a friend.”

Laurie expressed gratitude to Sam Cupp, the founder of Winning Futures, as it was he who showed her the magic of mentorship. “Sam taught me that in just one hour, one day a week, one person could make a significant difference in the life of a teen.” Laurie dedicated the award to the hundreds of mentors she has met throughout her journey with Winning Futures for helping inspire Michigan youth to tap into their potential to reach their dreams and goals.

Laurie is married 25 years to Michael Tarter and they have two grown children, Ryan and Melissa. She credits her passion for giving back to the community to her parents.

Winning Futures Volunteer Honored by Governor Rick Snyder with the Mentor of the Year Award for Michigan

Detroit, MI, October 24, 2011 – Local Winning Futures volunteer, Kimle Mitchell, won the overall Mentor of the Year for Michigan through the Governor’s Service Awards.

Kimle Mitchell was honored at the Governor’s Service Awards dinner “An Evening with the Stars”, held at Gem Theatre in Detroit. The Governor’s Service Awards are given annually to individuals, businesses, and organizations to acknowledge their commitment to solving community issues through volunteerism.

“Michigan is blessed to have so many volunteers who are working together to make a difference in their communities,” said Governor Snyder. “Though we can never truly thank them enough for their service and for the profound impact they make in their communities, the Governors Service Awards are a way that we can recognize and celebrate the accomplishments of Michigan’s dedicated volunteers.”

“Ms. Mitchell is committed to empowering young girls and women of all ages to excel in every area of their lives because she believes women have the largest range of influence to improve the lives of our families and communities,” stated Winning Futures Program Director, Laurie Tarter.

Kimle Mitchell has been a mentor for youth throughout the Detroit Metropolitan area since the mid-nineties. Ms. Mitchell is committed to mentoring youth so they have the opportunity to uncover their interests, set goals, and passionately begin their journey early in life to reach their potential.

“Receiving the Governor’s Service Award is truly awesome and signifies that being of service is the only way to truly experience the rich rewards in life. Being acknowledged for doing something that I love doing is very humbling, but also motivating as it encourages me to keep helping, so I am continually blessed to help even more. Giving to others is the only way we all succeed,” said Mitchell.

In 2010, Kimle Mitchell of Detroit formally joined Winning Futures, a Metro-Detroit non-profit organization whose main purpose is to work with young people to develop a strategic five-year plans, leadership skills, character education, and self-esteem. Through this program, Kimle mentored three high school girls. In addition to her formal mentoring, Kimle founded Positive S.I.S.T.E.R.S. – an organization designed to empower women through sisterhood and to help women and girls discover their inner beauty, strengths, and talents.