Winning Futures is a non-profit that I’ve worked with in the past. They pair mentors with at-risk youth. The time commitment is minimal yet it is very rewarding. Can you imagine giving a child the encouragement and self esteem to let them know that they can truly accomplish their dreams?
Winning Futures Mentor Kimle Mitchell stated, “My time with Winning Futures has been very rewarding, and I am so thankful for the opportunity to mentor with this organization. The structure of the program and the guidance from the staff to support its mentors, made me feel confident that I was truly helping my students improve their lives. This year has truly been a life-changing experience for me, which is why I selected Winning Futures to be supported by the National Cares Mentoring Movement for resources to mentor more students.”
Mentors in the Winning Futures Program prepare students to have successful careers and personal lives through the development of character values, goal setting, and strategic plans. Students find their mentoring experience invaluable. Mentoring provides students with an opportunity to learn about other professions, and to meet someone outside the classroom who can provide guidance, share personal and professional experiences, and serve as a role model. Winning Futures makes it easy because they provide mentors with a structured setting and topic-based activities to complete with their mentees.
If you are motivated to help youth in your community and are willing to make the commitment, you can mentor! As a mentor, you can select which school you want to work with, and you will be asked to:
• Attend a three-hour training session.
• Participate in an interview and background check.
• Work with two or three students on a scheduled weekday for one hour
during school hours.
• Help students identify their character values, set goals, explore
careers, build employability skills, and prepare for the future through fun activities.
Winning Futures programs are conducted in the classroom and program staff are always on site to provide support.
School-based mentoring programs serve youth from Detroit, Oak Park, Pontiac, Sterling Heights, and Warren. We can also link you with other mentoring programs.
If you have questions or are interested in becoming a mentor, you can reach the Winning Futures staff at (586) 294-8449.