OUR VISION, MISSION, CORE VALUES

The Youth Entrepreneurship Development Foundation (YEDF) is a 501 (c) (3) nonprofit Ohio Corporation established in April 2003 by Freddie Jones. The Foundation was founded to create an after-school program that would meet the educational deficits often found in students from the lower socio-economic segment of society. The program began in the Dayton, Ohio Metropolitan Area and is now being relaunched in the Metropolitan Washington DC Area. The after-school program is projected to start with the Fall 2020-2021 school year. 

OUR VISION

A time when more youth in urban communities enthusiastically demonstrate that they can bring about lasting and positive economic changes in their communities through entrepreneurship

OUR MISSION

To empower more African-American youth and families to become entrepreneurs

OUR CORE VALUES

Respect, Dignity, and Recognition:

We are committed to respecting each other in order to create and sustain an environment in which students, staff, board members, affiliates, and supporters work together as a team.

 

Openness:

We are committed to inviting students to participate regardless of where they live, who are their parents; we are committed to encouraging students to express themselves; we acknowledge them for who they are, and we prepare them for what they can become.

 

Excellence:

We are committed to providing excellent service and to encouraging students and their parents to be the best they can be and to become and remain excellent life-long learners.

 

Advocacy:

We are committed to being a champion for our students by providing the best support and encouragement—working with and encouraging their parents to do the same for their children.

 

Service:

We are committed to providing programs with integrity and of the highest quality.

 

Accountability: 

We are committed and are keenly aware of our responsibility to students, their parents, our donors, and to the community in which we deliver services.

 

Collaboration:

We are committed to seeking and sustaining strategic alliances with like-minded individuals and organizations who share these values and support YEDF’s vision and mission.