What We Do

Youth Entrepreneur Development Foundation

We help underserved youth ages 10-21 become inspired to stay in school and pursue technical subjects which will empower them to be competitive in college and in a global economy.

We provide year-round weekly after-school youth education development training designed to plant the seed of entrepreneurship and business development in the minds of more African-American youth at an early age. The training consists of classroom instruction and field trips for exposure. The curriculums include portions of the Small Business Administration’s online training tools to introduce youth to the concept of small business ownership as a viable career choice, the Kauffman Foundation’s “Making A Job” and the Tiger Woods “Start Something

The YEDF has the experience, the interest, and the leadership exhibited by teachers, parents, university personnel, business leaders, military and college students ready to serve in a series of functions. We share the interest and well-being of students and parents, who have not always received that entity which we believe they are entitled to: a first-rate education delivered by competent, caring and engaged adults, who possess all of the values that really count in today’s global society.

The Foundation provides FREE year-round after-school training with a focus on Character Development, Entrepreneurship, STEM and Health Care in collaboration with NASA, Parents, Volunteers and the Business Community. The programs:

  1. Create employment opportunities when students start new businesses.
  2. Allow at-risk-youth the opportunity to succeed regardless of their background
  3. Promote social and cultural identity
  4. Builds a stronger sense of community
  5. Give youth a sense of meaning and belonging

Why Youth Entrepreneurship Training

Entrepreneurship training is a key driver of our economy. Wealth and a high majority of jobs are created by small businesses started by entrepreneurially minded individuals, many of whom go on to create big businesses. People exposed to entrepreneurship frequently express that they have more opportunity to exercise creative freedoms, higher self-esteem, and an overall greater sense of control over their own lives. As a result, many experienced business people, political leaders, economists, and educators believe that fostering a robust entrepreneurial culture will maximize individual and collective economic and social success on a local, national, and global scale. It is with this in mind that the National Standards for Entrepreneurship Education were developed: to prepare youth and adults to succeed in an entrepreneurial economy.