Dr. Tunishai Ford
Discovering ... Your
Own Uniqueness!
Your Own Uniqueness, Inc. is
honored to introduce the 2019
STEP-UP Program, which stands for
PROFESSIONALS, which is a free,
age appropriate, comprehensive,
innovative, and interactive training
and mentorship entrepreneurship
program for youth. The program is
for disadvantaged youth who live in
the Detroit tri-city region, Allen
Park, Lincoln Park, Southgate,
Taylor and Inkster. The only
expense for each participant is a
$35.00 registration fee. There is a
selection process which will be
narrowed down to 35 to 40
participants from ages 13 to 18.
This will be our second year
Your Own Uniqueness, Inc.
The  2019 STEP UP Program
Our 2019 STEP UP Program participants attended with
their friends and family.  It was a wonderful turnout.
Pastor Philip Nissley of New Hope Assemblies of
God Church opened up the orientation with prayer
and a few words of inspiration and exaltation
for the participants.
Apostle Connie Foster and her catering company
provided a delicious lunch for our attendees of the
STEP UP Orientation.
Meet a few of the teacher from front to back left to right:
Toni Coleman, Director, Dr. Tunishai Ford, Gloria
Redmond, James Edwards, Brandi Shelton, and
Bayo Ogunbiyi.
There were a  few parents and a sibling of some of
our 2019 STEP UP participants.
Meet our STEP UP Program Participants for 2019.
From left to right, Dr. Zalonya Allen, the Honorable
Mayor Joseph G. Kuspa, and
the director of STEP UP, Dr. Tunishai Ford.
We even had a visit from the mayor of Southgate, the
honorable Mayor Joseph G. Kuspa who encouraged
and inspired our participants.
Our Keynote speaker was Dr. Zalonya Allen who gave
an outstanding message to our participants.
STEP UP Classes Began!
Mr. Brent Curry of Foresters Financial taught
business types, legal documents needed to
start a business and business terms.
Ms. Tiffany Sweet of Zeal
Credit Union taught on the
differences between a
Credit Union and Bank.
Workshop time with our participants.
Ms. Toni Coleman of
Diademliterary Services taught
the parts of the Business Plan.
Mr. Bayo Ogunbiyi of Dream Core Marketing
taught pitching your business, business
marketing and customer service.
Here are some of our participants presenting their assignments that our teachers gave
as part of their class lab and workshops.
The STEP UP Program
Our STEP UP participants are working together in groups to complete an
assignment on business.
We had a guest speaker, Mr. Jimmy Elnousai
from BJ's Restaurant and Brewhouse come
and speak to our participants about how he
got started as a business owner.
Every Monday, the
participants had lunches
provided by our sponsors,
BJ's Restaurant, Tijuana's
Mexican Kitchen, Jets
Pizza, Panera Bread,
Famous Dave's, Subways,
and Apostle Connie Foster.
Just a few of our STEP UP Program sponsors and
more on the way who want to support our kids
through the 2019 STEP UP Program.
Our 2018 STEP UP Program participant, Mohammad
Monet talk to our 2019 participants about his wonder
experience and how it helped him with create his
If you want to be a
support or sponsor of
the STEP UP program,
select one of the buttons
at the top of the page
and submit your
donation or sponsorship.

For those of you who
have sponsored the
STEP UP Program
through in-kind
donations and monetary
sponsorships, we at
STEP UP would like to
thank you for your
continuing support.