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S2S Tutor

Student to Student (S2S) Tutor

728 Celebrity Drive, Ruston, LA 71270
Established 2008
Jonah and Whitney Ukpai, Founders
Student to Student Tutor, or S2S Tutor, was founded in 2008 with the purpose of creating a
service to help students achieve their academic goals.
Founded by couple Jonah and Whitney Ukpai, the idea for S2S Tutor came about based on the
observation that students are heavily influenced by their peers in almost every aspect of their
daily lives. With that, the Ukpais were motivated to create an organization that amplifies
conventional tutoring by enlisting students who excel academically as tutors.
Jonah Ukpai, CEO of S2S Tutor, manages and operates the company in addition to developing
its growth strategy and direction. Jonah comes from a family with eight siblings and very
inspiring parents. While the family’s two-bedroom home was small in size, its occupants had
large aspirations. Jonah graduated from Louisiana Tech University with a bachelor’s degree in
electrical engineering. With over 12 years of tutoring/mentoring experience, he has a deep
appreciation for education and believes his gift and life-purpose are to share his passion for
knowledge with others. This belief is one which he has held since childhood and is one that was
instilled in him by his late father, who taught him to learn and share knowledge. In addition to
operating S2S Tutor, Jonah has also founded a volunteer program in his home country of
Nigeria that attracts more than 300 youths every year.
Natchitoches native Whitney Ukpai has experience tutoring/mentoring youths as well, over 9
years of experience to be exact. One of Whitney’s achievements includes leading the
integration of the S2S Tutor model in the LA GEAR UP summer camp in 2010. She helped
significantly raise the pre-test and post-test scores of about 800 6th-9thgrade students. As the
S2S center director, Whitney oversees, designs, and implements the S2S Tutor model. She is a
Louisiana Tech alumnus with a bachelor’s degree in chemical engineering.
The Ukpais have worked together to create the learning enrichment services for college
students at 509 West Alabama Avenue in Ruston, Louisiana. The business expanded in 2011 to
include tutoring services for K-12 students with a new location at 728 Celebrity Drive in Ruston,
Louisiana. The expansion was gradual, as they went from helping only a few people and having
only a couple of tutors to assisting hundreds of students and employing many tutors.


Written by Crystal McCants
July 12, 2011

Innovative Small Businesses Continuing To Be Funded

Congress voted on May 31, 2011 to extend the “Small Business Additional Temporary Extension Act of 2011” through the end of the fiscal year, which is September 30, 2011. The passage thereby extended the Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) program as well as the Small Business Technology Transfer (STTR) program and the Commercialization Pilot Program (CPP). High-technology, innovative small businesses will continue to be an important part of the government’s research and development efforts – at least until September 30. For more information, visit the SBIR Gateway website at

Business of Innovation

Business innovators who plan to launch a new venture or introduce new products or services can learn the basics for starting such endeavors by attending the Business of Innovation seminar hosted by Louisiana Tech’s Technology Business Development Center.

Tech and the Jones Walker law firm are sponsoring this intensive one-day event, which offers strategies and information for optimizing business startup.

The May 21 seminar, which will be held in Shreveport, will include a variety of business professionals discussing business planning, intellectual property, forms of business organization, accounting issues, tax responsibilities and venture funding. The program will include two hours of Q & A with professional consultants and experienced entrepreneurs.

Cost of the event is $35 for individuals who register by Monday, May 16. After that date, registration is $50. The event will be held at CoHabitat, 610 Commerce Street, from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m., and space is limited.

To register or for more information, email or call 318-257-3537.

Mark Your Calenders

Mark your calendars for April 13, 2011 at the Tech Transfer Center in Shreveport. The TBDC in conjunction with the Louisiana Technology Transfer Office will be offering a SBIR/STTR Workshop. Former SBIR program manager, Dr. Robert E. Berger will be on hand to break down the proposal process and make it more accessible to the innovators and entrepreneurs.

The workshop will be Wednesday, April 13, 2011 at the Louisiana Tech Transfer Center from 9:00 AM to 4:00 PM with sign in starting at 8:30 AM. The Transfer is located at 8028 Shrevepark Dr in Shreveport, LA.

The cost is $45 per person and a student price of $25. The cost includes continental breakfast and lunch.

For more information call 318-671-1050 or e-mail

Click here to download the information and registration form.

Use REAP and Sow a Greener Future

Farmers and small businesses in rural areas may be eligible for grants to help pay for renewable energy systems or energy efficient improvements. USDA’s Rural Energy for American Program (REAP) provides up to 25% of the cost for purchase and installation of qualified energy savings equipment. An overview of the program and the resources available to help with completing the application process will be provided in Lake Providence on Thursday, March 3 at 9:00 AM.

Business owners and managers, farmers, equipment suppliers and installers, lenders, and others supporting ag business and small business should attend. The meeting is expected to conclude within one hour and time will be allowed for questions about specific projects.

Renewable energy projects may include wind, solar, biomass, geothermal, anaerobic digestion, hydrogen, and hydroelectric. Energy efficient projects for existing facilities or processes may include retrofitting, lighting, insulating, replacing equipment, or other improvements that reduce energy consumption.

To register for this meeting, contact Donna Lee at (318) 559-1459 or Kathy Wyatt at (318) 257-3537. For more information about USDA energy programs, visit Louisiana’s Rural Development website at

SEBD Overview

Do you own a small business? Are you in need of QuickBooks, Adobe or general computer training? Do you need some help with financial analysis or benefits planning? How would you like a new website or marketing plan?

All these services cost you money, and lots of it, but what if you didn’t have to pay for all of it?

The state of Louisiana has a program which helps small businesses pay for professional services and management consulting.

Come learn about this program at the Enterprise Center located at 509 West Alabama Avenue, Ruston, LA on Thursday, September 2, 2010 from 8:00 to 8:45 AM.

The Technology Business Development Center will give you an overview of the program and answer any questions you may have. This event is free and a continental breakfast will be served. Please call 257-3537 or email for more info and to register. See you there!