Winning Futures Volunteer Honored by Governor Rick Snyder
By: Identity Team
Detroit, MI, October 27, 2011 – Winning Futures, a nonprofit that makes a difference in the lives of young people, is pleased to announce that its volunteer, Kimle Mitchell, was recently named Mentor of the Year for Michigan during the Governor’s Service Awards.
Mitchell was honored at the “An Evening with the Stars” event held at the 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.”
“Kimle is committed to empowering young girls and women of all ages to excel in all areas 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.
Mitchell has been a mentor for youth throughout the Detroit Metropolitan area since the mid-nineties. She 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 amazing and signifies that being of service is the only way to truly experience the rich rewards in life,” said Mitchell. “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.
In 2010, Mitchell, a Detroit resident, formally joined Winning Futures, a Metro-Detroit non-profit organization whose main purpose is to work with young people to develop strategic five-year plans, leadership skills, character education, and self-esteem. Through this program, Mitchell mentored three high school girls. In addition to her formal mentoring, Mitchell also founded Positive S.I.S.T.E.R.S., an organization designed to empower women through sisterhood and help women and girls discover their inner beauty, strengths, and talents.
Winning Futures is an award winning nonprofit organization that makes a difference in the lives of young people by offering school-based mentoring programs and workshops for middle school and high school students in Southeast Michigan. Its programs focus on the life skills of character value identification, goal setting, career preparation, and strategic planning. Founded in 1994 by entrepreneur Sam Cupp, Winning Futures now partners with organizations throughout the country to implement our life skills workbooks and activities. For more information, visit www.winningfutures.org or call 586-294-8449.