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Winning Futures
Children & Youth

Jennifer Brubaker

Executive Director

Growing up, Jennifer bounced around from school to school until she finally landed at Cousino High School in Warren. When she started in the Winning Futures program, she was suffering from low self-esteem and didn’t believe she had a positive future ahead of her. Program facilitators at the time, Laurie Tarter and Kris Marshall, and counselor Rob Davidson helped Jennifer change her mindset. They gave her the love and support she was missing at home that helped her see that she was important and could reach her goals. Jennifer graduated from high school and attended Macomb Community College for a year, then transferred to Central Michigan University where she received her bachelor’s degree in psychology. Today, Jennifer is the executive director at Gianna House, which provides support for pregnant women and shelter for pregnant teens, and spends time with her family giving back to her community.

“Without Winning Futures, I wouldn’t be where I am today,” said Jennifer. “They gave me the hope, courage, and strength to ultimately trust myself and achieve my goals.”

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Workforce Prep


Workforce Prep is our structured and evidence-based four-year program. Participants are immersed in an experiential curriculum that includes in-class mentoring, life skills development, goal setting, job readiness training, and career exploration. Students enter the program in tenth grade and receive training, guidance, and support through their first year post high school. With help from volunteer mentors and partnerships with the business community, we transform students into self-reliant, employable, and productive adults with defined academic and career goals, and highly desirable workforce skills. Programs are currently being held at Cass Tech (Detroit), Community High School (Warren), Harper Woods High School (Harper Woods), Mumford High School (Detroit), Pontiac Academy for Excellence (Pontiac), Southfield High School for the Arts & Technology (Southfield), and Warren Mott High School (Warren).

  • 10th Grade: Students are matched with business mentors from the community who help them explore various careers while learning foundational competencies and other critical soft skills.
  • 11th Grade: With help from career coaches, students develop a strategic career plan, explore core business functions (sales, marketing, etc.) through our structured company rotation program, and get hands-on experience at our Job Experience Fair.
  • 12th Grade: Career coaches help students solidify continuing education plans and partner with human resources professionals to equip students with the skills necessary to successfully navigate the interviewing and hiring process, while also coaching them to avoid common new employee pitfalls. Students will compete for scholarships and paid internships.
  • Alumni: Program graduates will be assigned to a Winning Futures staff member and receive ongoing mentoring and support during their first year of continuing education.

For more information, contact Carla Wellborn at or 586-698-4536.

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