Chrysler Group Expands Commitment to Winning Futures
Grant of $65,000 from The Chrysler Foundation supports scholarship and mentor programs
December 2, 2013 , Warren, Mich. – Last Tuesday (Nov. 26) at a breakfast hosted by Winning Futures, Mark Chernoby, Senior Vice President, Engineering and Vice President – Product Committee Coordinator — Chrysler Group LLC presented Winning Futures with a $65,000 grant from The Chrysler Foundation to support its continuing education scholarships and mentoring programs.
“Helping students develop the skills and self-confidence that they need to succeed is an investment that will pay dividends for a lifetime,” said Chernoby who was one of the featured speakers invited to share their experiences at the breakfast. Three years ago, Chrysler became involved in Winning Futures’ school-based mentoring program and today has 20 employees who are mentoring at the Pontiac Academy for Excellence.
Meanwhile, Jason Stoicevich, Head of FIAT Brand for North America — Chrysler Group LLC added that he and several more FIAT Brand employees have expressed interest in becoming mentors in Warren. “Preparing young people to assume future leadership roles is perhaps our most import job, and the FIAT Brand is looking forward to fulfilling this role,” said Stoicevich.
The breakfast with local business leaders focused on building financial resources for Winning Futures so they can provide mentoring, strategic planning, and scholarship programs for high school students throughout metro Detroit. Students who have participated in the program say that Winning Futures’ mentoring and curriculum have helped them make positive changes in their school and home lives. Asia Nelson, a student in the Winning Futures program in Pontiac, shared how much the program’s study skills and goal setting lessons had helped her to improve her grades to all As and Bs. Comments from other students reflect Nelson’s experience with the program.
“Winning Futures’ goal is to empower today’s youth for a successful future by developing skills which can be used throughout their lives,” said Kristina Marshall, Winning Futures’ President and CEO. “Through the program, students receive a positive adult role model, learn skills to improve their confidence and abilities, and set goals to advance their development. To have Chrysler make such a large investment in our youth speaks volumes not only to our students and mentors, but to the community as a whole. Companies do care and they are getting involved!”
Winning Futures impacts students from the following schools: Cass Technical High School and Jalen Rose Leadership Academy in Detroit; Harper Woods High School; Madison High School in Madison Heights; Cousino, Community and Warren Mott high schools in Warren; and Pontiac Academy for Excellence.
Youth in Winning Futures’ mentoring programs become self-reliant and personally successful through trusting relationships, energizing experiences, and unforgettable life lessons. More students likes Asia will find their path to success because of the program.
About The Chrysler Foundation
The Chrysler Foundation, the charitable arm of Chrysler Group LLC, has established a proud legacy of empowering people and investing in local communities. The Chrysler Foundation focuses its support on four key areas: Education: K-12 and post-secondary education initiatives that encourage the study and pursuit of careers in business, design, science, technology, engineering, mathematics or supply-chain management; Military: support for the nation’s service members and their families in need; Multicultural / Diversity: initiatives that promote inclusion and advancement opportunities for diverse populations; and Youth Development: organizations and programs that provide mentoring and related assistance to aid youth in the transition to adulthood.
Since its inception in 1953, The Chrysler Foundation has awarded more than $500 million in charitable grants.
Recognizing others, inspiring them to excellence in school, career, or in life doesn’t take a lot of extra time; it takes compassion, perspective, and vision. Scott Barh, Winning Futures Mentor at Pontiac Academy For Excellence is a perfect example.
When asked about his mentoring experience Scott of Chrysler said; “I have now spent four sessions with my students. All have been very pleasant to work with, but one, in particular, really started blossoming today. In the first few weeks, he spoke so softly I could hardly hear him and often had his elbows on the table and hands up by his mouth when he talked. Today, I could tell he was really starting to buy in to what we’re talking about. He walked in with a fresh haircut (ready for a new job he starts today!), and as we talked I saw more excitement/passion in his eyes than I’ve seen before. His hands came down from his mouth, and he began to speak up. I was quick to affirm him in what I was seeing. Those “little” moments are very rewarding.”
What I like most about Winning Futures:
“The principles we’re teaching them are things just about every one of us professionals can also work on. (I tell my students this, and I can tell they like hearing that I’m learning, too!”
Many employers allow flexibility for mentoring. Can you fit the time in your week to make someone feel special?
If you’re interested in creating special moments through mentoring contact Taquaryl Hunter @ 586-698-4387 or Taquaryl@winningfutures.org
Nominate a local business person for the Sam Cupp Impact Award.
In honor of our amazing founder, Sam Cupp, Winning Futures will award one businessman and one businesswoman with the Sam Cupp Impact Award at our February 8, 2014 Corks & Forks event. As a successful business owner, Sam created Winning Futures as a way to impact local youth through mentoring, goal setting, strategic planning, and scholarship programs. He not only funded the organization, he also worked directly with the students, mentors, and teachers. He saw an issue and did something about it.
We are looking to have individuals nominated who are successful in business, saw a need in their community, and did something about it. The impact could be through charity work, education, or creating opportunities for individuals to have their own business. Nominees must possess one or more of the characteristics that made Sam Cupp such an amazing man.
Click here for more information and to nominate a deserving individual today.
Nominations due by: Oct. 30, 2013
General Motors recognizes that giving employees an opportunity to mentor through their job provides many valuable benefits.
Benefits to the Employee
• Improves performance
• Increases job satisfaction, attitude and morale
• Encourages teamwork
• Promotes leadership and skill development
Benefits to the Corporation
• Builds brand awareness and affinity
• Strengthens trust and loyalty among consumers
• Enhances corporate image and reputation
• Improves employee retention
• Increases employee productivity and loyalty
• Provides an effective vehicle to reach strategic goals
We are excited about building many positive relationships this year through mentoring. Winning Futures students will benefit greatly from working with a diverse group of mentors representing a wide variety of occupations, ages and ethnicities. Volunteers throughout metro Detroit are demonstrating their compassion for youth by taking one hour a week to make a positive impact in students lives.
If you would like to change the life of a young person it’s not too late. We still have a few sessions open for mentors. Treat yourself to one hour a week of fun and energizing activities with your matched youth.
Cass Tech – 9am – 4 Females
Cass Tech – 12:20M – 1 Female
Warren Mott – 10:30am -3 Males
Click here to sign up.
Winning Futures scholarship interviews are taking place now through Thursday, April 19. During the interviews, 28 students who submitted scholarship essays meet with a panel of judges comprised of Winning Futures’ alumni and tri-county business representatives. Judges then select 10 students who will each receive a $2,000 scholarship.
“You really can see the effects of what Winning Futures teaches these young people in the way they sit and shake hands to the way they answer questions,” said scholarship judge Myrle Hughes of Pierburg GmbH about the students he has interviewed. “It’s thrilling to see their passions for life and success come pouring out and way they use Winning Futures’ goal setting disciplines to harness them.”
This is the 18th year Winning Futures has awarded scholarships to its students. In total, more than $1.7 million has been gifted since the program’s founding in 1994.
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
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.
*** MEDIA ALERT ***
September 12, 2011
WHO: Winning Futures, a school-based mentoring program.
WHEN: September 30, 2011 ~ 11:00 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.
WHERE: Hockeytown Café, 2301 Woodward, Detroit, MI
COST: FREE and open to the public with food and drinks provided.
Pre-registration is required for attendance at www.WinningFutures.org.
Why: Winning Futures is a school-based mentoring program seeking volunteer mentors for its inaugural school year at Cass Technical High School and continuing for a third year at Harper Woods High School. An informational lunch and learn will be held at the Hockeytown Café in Detroit, Michigan. Guests will enjoy lunch while they learn about the programs benefits, goals, and successes. Business mentors are an integral part of the program. They are members of the local business community who agree to volunteer their time, one hour, one day a week for twenty-four weeks. Often, business mentors are the “link” that allows students to interact and network with adults who have walked a similar path. Mentors help to build young people’s character and confidence, expand their universe, and help them navigate a path to succ
This is a great opportunity for Cass Tech and Harper Woods High School Alumni to give back to their schools; however it is not a requirement to be an alumnus to be a mentor at one of these schools.
Winning Futures is very unique compared to other mentoring programs. Each week when the mentors come to the school, a staff member leads them through the topic-based session with fun, hands-on activities, group discussions, and written lessons. Winning Futures curriculum includes: character value identification, goal setting, career exploration, and employability skills.
Pre-registration is required for attendance and can be completed at www.WinningFutures.org. For more information call 586.698.4418.