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Your Own Uniqueness

Discovering .... Your Own Uniqueness!

Southgate, MI   |  www.drtford.com

Mission

Our mission is to transform and empower the lives of women, youth, and individuals in transition by overcoming barriers that hinder them from accomplishing their goals. We intend to achieve this through an empowerment publication (Discovering YOU Magazine), workshops, seminars, media broadcasts, network involvement from individuals, businesses, and organizations that support in meeting the needs of our communities. Our primary goal is to bring social stability, health and wellness, wealth-building skills, positive social interpersonal interaction, and spiritual growth to our communities. We are also involved in adopting and supporting shelters, youth facilities, and domestic violence centers through Southgate and surrounding areas.

Ruling year info

2002

CEO/ FOUNDER

Tunishai Ford

PRESIDENT/ CO OPERATIONS OFFICER

Bayo Ogunbiyi

Main address

16064 Holz Dr Unit 83

Southgate, MI 48195 USA

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EIN

38-3549458

NTEE code info

Human Service Organizations (P20)

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Our programs

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STEP UP Youth and Ladies Entrepreneur Program

Your Own Uniqueness, Inc. is honored to introduce the STEP-UP Programs, which stand for STIMULATE, TEACH, EMPOWER, POTENTIALLY UPCOMING PROFESSIONALS. The programs are free, age-appropriate, comprehensive, innovative, and interactive training and mentorship entrepreneurship programs for women and youth. The program is for low to moderate-income women and youth who live in the Detroit tri-city region, Allen Park, Lincoln Park, Southgate, Taylor, and Inkster. The only expense for the ladies is a registration fee. There is a selection process that will be narrowed down to 35 to 40 participants for the youth from ages 13 to 18. The ages for the ladies' STEP UP will range from 19 and above.
At this time, we would like to give our members, people with interest, local leaders, businesses, and organizations the opportunity to participate in changing the lives of so many worthy women and youth who just need the knowledge, skills, and encouragement to be successful contributors into our society.

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Awards

2022 Game Changers Award 2022

Ilitch Sports and Entertainment

Goals & Strategy

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Charting impact

Four powerful questions that require reflection about what really matters - results.

Your Own Uniqueness, Inc. (Y.O.U., Inc) is a 501c3 tax-exempt nonprofit business/ ministry organization located at 16064 Holz Drive, Unit 83, Southgate, Michigan 48195. YOU, Inc. was established to help women, youth, and families change their lifestyles and ways of thinking, which will ultimately encourage them to be a catalyst to plant a seed of hope in others. YOU, Inc. provides an atmosphere designed to motivate women and youth to recognize their value and worth and give them the tools needed to grow in character, and self-esteem and become life-long achievers. This program aims to empower women and youth to enhance their lives so that total fulfillment with self becomes a reality. The organization utilizes seminars, workshops, online empowerment meetings, and productions throughout the greater Detroit metropolitan area and other urban cities throughout the United States to teach and motivate women and youth to meet their physical, social, and spiritual challenges.
Your Own Uniqueness, Inc. is a community service organization formed exclusively for charitable and educational support. The organization's mission is to provide services that transform, empower, and improve the quality of life by helping women, youth, and others in transition overcome the barriers that hinder them from fulfilling their purposes and reaching their goals. The organization was created to help individuals and their families develop a lifestyle and mindset that will awaken them to become stabilized, anchored, and well-rounded members of society.

There are a number of events, programs and workshops offered by Your Own Uniqueness, Inc. (YOU). Your Own Uniqueness (YOU) uses “I Miss the Hugs, BUT Not the Hurts” as the curriculum for our self-esteem building workshop. We have specifically tailored workshops to meet the needs and level of understanding for targeted participants.
We offer individual workshop programs designed for presentation to a large group and done on a lecture/ speaker format. These sessions are aimed at a more mature audience who have already experienced some of the hurts of life and relationships and are looking for solutions on how to avoid repeating the same mistakes. Generally, an organization will book a three-hour session and have pre-registered participants for the workshop. These workshops are booked at a set cost to the organization and the organization in turn is responsible for setting the registration and conference fee to be charged per participant.
The second workshop format is designed for a weekend conference. This style of workshop is appropriate for all age groups. The conference begins on Friday evening and culminates with a celebration service on Sunday morning. We have targeted group sessions and interactive programs spaced throughout the weekend. Meals and lodging are included in the package cost.
The third type of workshop is done in a series style. There is a two-hour session once a week (usually held on a weekday evening) and is scheduled for six consecutive weeks. This series can also be adapted for a weeklong series by extending the sessions to 30 minutes each day. This style of programming works extremely well for after-school programs, church, youth, and civic groups.

How we listen

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

Seeking feedback from people served makes programs more responsive and effective. Here’s how this organization is listening.

done We demonstrated a willingness to learn more by reviewing resources about feedback practice.
done We shared information about our current feedback practices.
  • Who are the people you serve with your mission?

    The people we serve are low to moderate-income women, youth, and their families.

  • How is your organization collecting feedback from the people you serve?

    SMS text surveys, Electronic surveys (by email, tablet, etc.), Social Media Feedback,

  • How is your organization using feedback from the people you serve?

    To identify and remedy poor client service experiences, To identify bright spots and enhance positive service experiences, To make fundamental changes to our programs and/or operations, To inform the development of new programs/projects, To identify where we are less inclusive or equitable across demographic groups, To strengthen relationships with the people we serve, To understand people's needs and how we can help them achieve their goals,

  • What significant change resulted from feedback?

    The information we have received from the people we serve has helped us tweak our monthly empowerment programs, STEP UP programs, and other events and programs used to empower the people we serve. The most recent change has been to restructure the presentation of classes in the STEP-UP program and focus more on social needs through our empowerment meetings.

  • With whom is the organization sharing feedback?

    The people we serve, Our staff, Our board, Our funders, Our community partners,

  • How has asking for feedback from the people you serve changed your relationship?

    We share this information to encourage our supporters that their support has a great impact on the people we serve. We share this information with the people we serve so they will know our supporters and support their products and services in response for their community support.

  • Which of the following feedback practices does your organization routinely carry out?

    We collect feedback from the people we serve at least annually, We aim to collect feedback from as many people we serve as possible, We take steps to ensure people feel comfortable being honest with us, We look for patterns in feedback based on people’s interactions with us (e.g., site, frequency of service, etc.), We engage the people who provide feedback in looking for ways we can improve in response, We act on the feedback we receive, We tell the people who gave us feedback how we acted on their feedback, We ask the people who gave us feedback how well they think we responded,

  • What challenges does the organization face when collecting feedback?

    It is difficult to get the people we serve to respond to requests for feedback, Staff find it hard to prioritize feedback collection and review due to lack of time,

Financials

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Operations

The people, governance practices, and partners that make the organization tick.

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Your Own Uniqueness

Board of directors
as of 07/01/2022
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
Board co-chair

CEO/ Founder Tunishai Ford

Your Own Uniqueness, Inc.

Term: 2020 - 2023


Board co-chair

President/ Co Operations Officer Bayo Ogunbiyi

Your Own Uniqueness, Inc.

Term: 2020 - 2023

Connie Foster

Vice President/ Fundraising Chair

Antoinette Coleman

Secretary/ Tresurer

Richard Jackson

Member-at-Large/ AV Media Specialist Committee

Board leadership practices

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  • Board orientation and education
    Does the board conduct a formal orientation for new board members and require all board members to sign a written agreement regarding their roles, responsibilities, and expectations? Yes
  • CEO oversight
    Has the board conducted a formal, written assessment of the chief executive within the past year ? Not applicable
  • Ethics and transparency
    Have the board and senior staff reviewed the conflict-of-interest policy and completed and signed disclosure statements in the past year? Yes
  • Board composition
    Does the board ensure an inclusive board member recruitment process that results in diversity of thought and leadership? Yes
  • Board performance
    Has the board conducted a formal, written self-assessment of its performance within the past three years? Yes

Organizational demographics

SOURCE: Self-reported; last updated 7/1/2022

Who works and leads organizations that serve our diverse communities? GuideStar partnered on this section with CHANGE Philanthropy and Equity in the Center.

Leadership

The organization's leader identifies as:

Race & ethnicity
Black/African American/African
Gender identity
Female
Sexual orientation
Heterosexual or Straight
Disability status
Person with a disability

The organization's co-leader identifies as:

Race & ethnicity
Black/African American/African
Gender identity
Male
Sexual orientation
Heterosexual or Straight
Disability status
Person without a disability

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Equity strategies

Last updated: 02/21/2022

GuideStar partnered with Equity in the Center - an organization that works to shift mindsets, practices, and systems to increase racial equity - to create this section. Learn more

Data
  • We review compensation data across the organization (and by staff levels) to identify disparities by race.
  • We ask team members to identify racial disparities in their programs and / or portfolios.
  • We analyze disaggregated data and root causes of race disparities that impact the organization's programs, portfolios, and the populations served.
  • We disaggregate data to adjust programming goals to keep pace with changing needs of the communities we support.
  • We have long-term strategic plans and measurable goals for creating a culture such that one’s race identity has no influence on how they fare within the organization.
Policies and processes
  • We use a vetting process to identify vendors and partners that share our commitment to race equity.
  • We seek individuals from various race backgrounds for board and executive director/CEO positions within our organization.
  • We have community representation at the board level, either on the board itself or through a community advisory board.
  • We help senior leadership understand how to be inclusive leaders with learning approaches that emphasize reflection, iteration, and adaptability.
  • We engage everyone, from the board to staff levels of the organization, in race equity work and ensure that individuals understand their roles in creating culture such that one’s race identity has no influence on how they fare within the organization.