200 guests joined us at the Winning Futures Awards last night to celebrate our partners, mentors and volunteers as well as to applaud 20 extraordinary students we gifted $27,000 in scholarships.
Among the honorees were Rob Davidson, a longtime teacher and counselor at Warren’s Paul K. Cousino High School. The Michigan Sports Hall of Fame was also recognized as our Partner of the Year for their work to encourage volunteerism and mentorship with Winning Futures amongst the southeastern Michigan community. Individual educators and program sponsors were highlighted as well throughout the event, as was our 2013 SRG Global Intern Connection winner.
Click here to view pictures from the event… and congratulations to all of our honorees and scholarship winners!
Winning Futures and Detroit Public Schools wrapped up its second year at Cass Technical High School today. The highlight at this year’s celebration was a visit from Chrysler Group’s Vice President of Product Design and President and CEO of their SRT performance car division Ralph Gilles. Mr. Gilles gave a stimulating presentation to the students and reinforced Winning Futures’ advocacy for youth having strong mentors and role models.
The Gregory Kelser Basketball Camp has partnered with Winning Futures to bring a basketball and mentoring program to students in metro-Detroit. This camp is being sponsored through the DPS Foundation by the Sodexo – Powerlink Partnership, the organizations that handle facilities for the Detroit Public Schools.
Only 100 spots are open for current 6 – 9 th graders for this free camp!
The Kelser Camp will run 9am until 3pm June 17, 2013 through June 21, 2013 at Cass Technical High School (2421 2nd Avenue, Detroit, MI 48201). Each day, students will participate in basketball activities, along with the Winning Futures
mentoring, goal setting, and life skills program. Students must attend all five days of the camp, all day long.
Click here for more information and to download the application for the camp.
Every parent and teacher wants their kids to be successful. By working with them to help them identify their goals and desires, you can help them increase their odds of pursuing and achieving their dreams.
The first step is to set specific goals and write them down. Dreams can help you decide what you want to achieve in life. Dreams help guide you to your goals. Talk to your kids and help them create a clear, detailed vision of what they want their life to be like. Discuss what they want their job to be, where they want to live, who they live with, what they are wearing, their values, the relationships in their life, and anything else they imagine and foresee. Now, have them write or draw about what they see on a piece of paper.
Once they have their vision for the future, set a detailed goal in each area to help them reach their vision. For example, if they want to be a math teacher, set their goal in math.
If they want to stay close to your family, set a goal to have strong relationships with them. If it makes them happy to help others, set a goal to volunteer at a hospital or nursing home.
Creating this road map will increase their chances of achieving their goals and motivate them to be successful in life one step at a time.
Winning Futures mentor and Fitzpatrick Manufacturing Plant Manager Dave Fernholz will be honored with the 2013 Outstanding Warren Volunteer Recognition Award due to his ongoing involvement in our organization. Through his service as a mentor and role model to teens at Warren’s alternative Community High-School, Mr. Fernholz has helped to achieve our mission to encourage and develop active citizens and future leaders in southeastern Michigan.
In Mr. Fernholz’s 14 years of volunteering with us, he has mentored nearly 60 students. In addition, he is a Warren resident whose two daughters both attended Warren Mott High School. He is a sterling example of a good citizen of your city and a model of the value of charitable giving. Without the commitment and participation of volunteers like Dave Fernholz, Winning Futures would not have been able to positively impact the lives of more than 20,000 students – many of whom were born and raised right here in Warren – since its inception in 1994.
Mr. Fernholz will receive his award at a ceremony to be held at Warren’s City Hall on Wednesday, April 24 at 8:00 p.m. Anyone who wishes to attend this free event may do so without reservations.
Health Alliance Plan (HAP) is the latest company to sign on as one of our Corporate Care Partners. This program allows organization’s team members to volunteer on a one-time or recurring basis as a mentor at Winning Futures schools.
HAP employees enjoyed their first day in the classroom on Tuesday at Detroit’s Jalen Rose Leadership Academy. There, they participated in fun activities with students focused on crafting a vision for their future. HAP representatives will continue to mentor students for the remainder of the semester.
The Corporate Care Partner program is a great way for your company’s employees to fulfill their charity volunteer commitments (if such a program is in place at your organization) and for your employees to enjoy the benefits of volunteering, building their resume, and helping to brand your company as an active charitable contributor to your community.
For more information on the Corporate Care Partner program and to discover how you can get involved, please contact Taquaryl Franklin by phone at 586-698-4387 or by e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org.