Our Founder

Freddie Jones is a man known for his service to his Country, to his Community and to his God.  He is a Vietnam Service-Connected Disabled Veteran, former government worker, corporate manager, businessman, and community activist known for getting things done.  His current passion and energies are directed toward sharing his management and leadership skills and resources to empower more African American Youth and Families to become entrepreneurs.

Since 2002, Mr. Jones has served as the full time CEO of the YEDF. Under his leadership more than 100 students and parents have been served.If there is one thing that Mr. Freddie Jones would say to us, it is that “each of us have a responsibility to our youth.  If we do nothing to empower them, we are contributing to their failure.”  You are invited to join Mr. Jones and the YEDF team and contribute your proven skills and your resources in support of teaching our youth to compete in a global market.  It takes YOU and YEDF to make this happen!  

Freddie Jones

Founder and Board Member

Our President

Dr. Ethel Canty Bothuel joins YEDF, as President and CEO, with enthusiasm and looks forward to partnering with the team to create a compelling future for all who are served by YEDF.  She brings to the organization her life’s work in sacred and secular arenas, including church and non-profit leadership as well as executive-level responsibilities in educational organizations.  Dr. Bothuel has earned an undergraduate degree in Sociology from Howard University and a Masters in Theological Studies and Doctorate in Ministry (church leadership) from Wesley Theological Seminary in Washington, D.C. As well, she is a graduate of Leadership Greater Washington (DC), and has a certificate in Nonprofit Management from Washington State University.

Ethel Canty Bothuel, D.Min.

President and CEO