Talbiyah Inc

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About Us

Our Mission

 To promote the participatory process of civic engagement and build social capital for workforce development and entrepreneurship in civil society's urban center communities through the use of technology, urban planning process, and critical thinking. 

Our Vision

 We envision sustainable and resilient urban centers in which community, business, and government success are connected. 

Why Cultural Planning and Social Learning?

Cultural Planning deals with community image while social learning impacts self image, community stewardship, and economic development.    

Seeking Balance


 As we seek to balance this situation, the diverse legislations have imposed different ways of “civic participation”. With regards to civic participation many traditional vices have appeared again:

o The use of quantitative surveys is severely limiting data collection 

o Few people are giving opinions or even information 

o Participation process is hardly seen as a formality. 

o Many planners do not consider the need to bring input from a large part of residents; giving rise to non-acceptance of what is forthcoming and disenfranchisement often leading to vandalism, crime, and non-functioning infrastructure as intended by planners and designers.   


Cultural mapping is committed to improve the participation process through:

o Using qualitative open surveys

o Involving local people as interviewers 

o Creating local maps by locating mental images on real places. We have gathered this concept from the theories of Giusseppe Dematteis, an influent Italian planner that developed the “implicit project” concept, or how to improve planning by deeply knowing a territory. 

o Heritage is a good ally in the process. 


Respecting the Built Environment

Cultural Planning is the thinking action of a community as it relates to space wherein we can begin the foundations of economic development and sustainability. 

Our Board of Directors


Michelle Abd'Elaziz, President


Michelle holds a Master in Public Administration with a Certificate in Non-Profit Leadership from Rackham Graduate School at the University of Michigan, and a Master of Science in Land Use Planning with a Certificate in Organizational Development from Eastern Michigan University. Michelle served on the 2005 Michigan Business Advisory Council and won a National Congressional Leadership Award for her innovative ideas on the remaking of a region in the industrial rust belt. Locally, Michelle has performed community engagements for the Birwood House as a part of her consulting work under Yocef James Inc.

Michelle cares for her dear mother, and is a Detroit native. 



Jennifer Young, Treasurer


Jennifer holds a Master of Science in Resource Policy & Behavior from the School of Natural Resources & the Environment at the University of Michigan, and a Bachelor of Science in Biology from Eastern Michigan University. As a Project Manager at Michigan Interfaith Power & Light (Michigan IPL), Jennifer coordinates communications and outreach with the faith community in regards to energy efficiency and renewable energy initiatives. Prior to working with Michigan IPL, Jennifer was a Program Manager for the Southeast Michigan Regional Energy Office where she convened municipal leaders in collaborative renewable energy and energy efficiency initiatives across southeast Michigan communities.


An Ann Arbor native, she currently resides in Ferndale and serves on the Ferndale Environmental & Sustainability Commission. She actively participates with the U.S. Green Building Council’s Detroit Regional Chapter and serves on several youth-focused nonprofit boards such as the Detroit Interfaith Outreach Network and the Association for Youth Empowerment. 



New Board Member Coming


New Board Member Coming


Sampson Cunningham


Sampson grew up in Grand Rapids, MI and a native of Hyde Park, IL. He attended Oakdale Christian School k-9 and Tri-unity Christian. Sampson joined the Army in 1997. Sampson pursues his passion of marketing and media through working at Good-Year Tire. Sampson has a passion for cars and is affiliated with Better Detroit Youth Movement where he mentors young people in the area of media.


Audie Hayes

Audie “All Day” Hayes was born in Detroit Michigan at an unspecified date and time.

Mr. Hayes is an outside of any box thinker. Maintaining an above average GPA.

He is currently a metal sculptor and has past experiences in Manufacturing, distribution, and


He has a great affiliation with the community and has also been President of an Organization as

a Liaison between non-profits and The City of New York.

His interests and hobbies include Science, sculptures, and Analytical Linguistics facilitations.

His Motto is:

“Nothing is constant except change”

Our Staff

Michelle Abd'Elaziz, Chief Executive Officer


As Founder of Talbiyah Inc, a Cultural Planning and Social Learning organization she has built inroads with organizations such as Highland Park Regional Chamber of Commerce, We Unite Foundation, The Breakfast Club, The Nest Learning Center, Church of The Messiah, Genesis Hope Community Development Corporation, Fred W. Beaudry Post 126, American Legion Joe Louis Post 375, American Legion Tom Phillips Post 184, Impact Detroit, Don Bosco Hall-Youth Development Initiative, Ravendale Community Center (Toni McIlwain), Love and Kindness Community Development Corporation, Joy Jem Community Development Corporation, and Urbs et Ager Association located in Spain to achieve better outcomes of understanding community urban planning. 

Michelle is as well a DISC Certified Trainer (behavioral assessment) to broaden the program she developed called Beyond Turf 4 Corners that consists of 5 distinctions towards economic development. She also works part-time with autistic children as an Applied Behavioral Analysis Therapist.

The love of community, cooking, and the outlook of embracing the servant leader concept brought Michelle to develop a cooking show called Beyond Turf Food Nutrition Culture where community can connect with each other while preparing meals and embrace storytelling.


Shonda Peterson, Chief Government Affairs Officer

 Shonda Peterson is a Native New Yorker who move to Michigan 15 years ago.

Shonda is a Mom to four children. 

Shonda has an Associates degree in human resource.  
Bachelors degree in healthcare administration. 

Current CPR Certification, Medication Aide Certification, M.A, C.A, Hippa Certificate. Abuse & Neglect:
Reporting Requirements, Corporate Compliance, Cultural Competence: A Foundational Course,
Medicare Fraud, Waste & Abuses, Anti-Harassment & Non-Discrimination Training for Employees, Anti-
Harassment & Non-Discrimination Training for Leaders, Case Management & Supports Coordination forService Providers to Adults with Medicaid, Infection Control & Standard Precautions, Person-Centered Planning with Children, Adults & Families, Recipient Rights Annual, Limited English Proficiency (LEP) and

Through the years Shonda has mastered skills of office management, customer services, personal resources and administrative management, Shonda has empowered to manage files and records, trained in policies and producers, and have been a advocate for customer needs.
Shonda has worked on and off in the healthcare field for over 15 years. 

Shonda has volunteer for J Cheer as the program coordinator. With great success and the girls cheering  for the Detroit  Pistons

Shonda volunteers' at Plymouth United Church and help with the homeless

Shonda is now the chief operational officer for Talbiyah Inc


Taeq AlHibeedi, Chief Operations Officer

Tareq works in the area of skill Trades and has a  background in health and safety. His Bachelor degree is in Travel and Tourism and he has the disposition to handle all walks of life encountered as an Officer. 


Alfonso Walker, Chief Liaison Officer

Mr. Walker connects our organization to the heart of urban center communities.


Moma Mooqaraba, Chief Cultural & Heritage Officer

Moma Mooqaraba is with the Universal Negro Improvement Association


Breanna Peterson Davis, Social Media Coordinator,

Kamary Page, Graphics Coordinator

Business Advisory Committee

Rodger Penabene Jr.

Speciality Offering: Communications

Meg Burritt

Speciality Offering: Sustainability

Clyde Montgomery

Specialty Offering Financial Literacy


Urbs et Ager Association

An International Urban Planning & Heritage Association Founded by Dr. Antonio LIsta


Urbs et Ager and Talbiyah Inc working together with community in the area of urban planning, providing more insight for government to connect with community and bring about spaces that align with community image and values.


A Cultural & Heritage Planning and Social Learning Organization Founded by Michelle Abd'Elaziz