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Delane Simms


Delane’s Natural Nail Care (DNNC) helps, primarily low-income women with children obtain their manicurist license to earn a living wage. We believe real-life solutions begin with helping the family to break generational cycles of poverty and dysfunction, DNNC is doing this one manicure at a time. When mothers are healthier, children are more successful in life and everyone in our society wins! Would you like to become a manicurist? It only takes a few months to obtain your manicure license and most tuition is paid by DNNC Steps To Success. Manicurists can earn a living wage in the San Francisco Bay Area. ​To apply, call (510) 346-2457 to schedule an appointment. Once appointment is scheduled, download and complete the application to bring to the interview.
​We would love your support by identifying a person who wants to attend nail school through our nonprofit DNNC Steps To Success. The person selected will also receive information and social skills support in the areas of financial literacy, etiquette classes, parenting classes and more! Your nominee can send us an email of 500 words or less telling us why becoming a nail tech is a desired career. Our email address is [email protected]. Our next cohort begins October 2nd 2023. Submissions must be made by January 17th, 2024. Our focus is on African American single mothers. This opportunity is open to all who wish to apply. Thank you,


“Since being a part of DNNC Steps to Success, even though its been for a short time, I have already been able to see my life change for my daughter and I. When my mom passed away I had no place to go. Without a mother and father to help me, my aunt took me and my newborn daughter into their home. I was living in their basement washroom which was very confined and not private. However, I was grateful, yet after getting my cosmetology license and being a part of DNNC Steps to Success they helped me get my own apartment that is affordable and safe for my daughter and I. Thanks to DNNC Steps to Success I have my first apartment, I’m able to run my own hair business, and most importantly able to take care of my baby girl.”


“Before this program I did not have a clear direction. I didn’t have my own place to live for my baby nor did I have enough money to even begin to look for my own apartment. I rented a small room while working a part-time job that only averaged about 10 hours per week. I needed the flexibility in my life to raise my child but I wasn’t making enough money to truly support him. I was stuck in a hard place but thanks to DNNC Steps to Success, I can say I’m no longer on Welfare, I have a career, my own business, and stable housing in a 2 bedroom apartment for my son and I. DNNC has changed the trajectory of my life and re-defined my future.”


“Delane is so inspiring. She has guided me in directions I needed to go. I was still a child in a lot of ways, and I’d been through some troubling times”.


“I completed my board licensing and learned a lot of skills. It (DNNC Steps to Success) opened up a lot of doors for me… the mentorship I lacked in my life.”

Taylair Bishop

We take pride in helping women before they start a family and Taylair Bishop is the perfect example of someone excelling in our program whose future will be bright! Our goal for Taylair will be to join a home buying program, earn a living-wage, receive life-skill support in order to have a solid foundation when she is ready to start a family.
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