Shani Muhammad, left and Patrick Muhammad, right pose before giving motivational speech to group of young teens on their "Be The Boss," book tour in Miami,Florida. Sat. Aug. 7, 2014.
Shani Muhammad, left and Patrick Muhammad, right pose before giving motivational speech to group of young teens on their "Be The Boss," book tour in Miami,Florida. Sat. Aug. 7, 2014.

WHO ARE WE My husband Patrick and I created PIP with the focus of igniting the spirit of entrepreneurship within today's youth ages 5 – 25. I (Shani Muhammad) am a proud graduate of Tennessee State University and the Network for Teaching Entrepreneurship. NFTE’s mission is to provide programs that inspire young people from low-income communities to stay in school, to recognize business opportunities and to plan for successful futures.

I currently work as a certified teacher in the Broward County School District. I have over 10 years of classroom experience and prior to my career in education, I spent several years working in broadcast journalism as a television reporter for ABC, CBS, & NBC news affiliates in both Tennessee and Florida. My husband and I currently serve as members of one of the largest non-profit media organizations for journalists of color, the National Association of Black Journalist (NABJ). My husband, (Patrick Muhammad) is a self-taught janitor turned baker and entrepreneur. PIP's first self-published book, Patrick Turns His Play Into Pay, is based on Patrick's life story as a young entrepreneur. It teaches students ages 5-15, goal setting and principles of business that they can use to develop an actionable plan to achieve their goal of entrepreneurship in any chosen profession. He spent 20 years working as a janitor before being laid off. He used a skill(baking) and recipes his grandmother taught him to start a baking business. We have been married for 14 years. We have been blessed with 5 children ages 5,9,11,24, and 26. We also have 2 beautiful grandchildren. We love being business owners and sharing our life lesson’s with the next generation of entrepreneurs. OUR FOCUS PIP is focused on planting the seed of entrepreneurship with students ages 5 – 25. Our program is taught to students in Broward County School District as part of the student curriculum. Students use creative business concepts for goal setting, and are introduced to core elements of business including marketing, finance, production and management. We use vision boards, and strategy exercises to help them define, create, and maintain focus on their vision and goals towards their personal pathway to entrepreneurship success. Students are first put to work on creating their own vision. The goals must be something that can realistically be accomplished within a year. This is important because this is how they see themselves. Not the vision their parents or relatives have for them...but their own. This activity also taps into their passion, which is a key factor in any long-term career choice. Once a student's business plan is set in motion, we follow-up with them regularly. Currently more than 160 students have taken part in our program. These students completed all classroom exercises and have achieved, or made solid progress toward achieving their goals. These results are measured against our organization's standards, documented, and celebrated and shared with each other and in their language via TWITTER!. Currently, PIP has more than 21,000 followers on Twitter. Research shows that early engagement in the life of a young person is a key determinant of long-term success, and can permanently change the trajectory of his/her life. We have a goal to launch and sustain our educational model in 50 classes, and 20 schools by the year 2016. To achieve this, we will need $100,000. Please join us in this very important cause to change the lives of our youth.