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Make a Donation to YEDA Today to Impact the Future Leaders of Tomorrow

Donating to Youth Education Development Academy (YEDA) goes beyond simply contributing financially.


It's an investment in shaping the future of our community, enhancing the overall well-being of our youth, and fostering a safer and more prosperous environment for all.


As you consider the impact of our work below, we invite you to join us in making a difference by supporting our cause. Your valuable donation will empower us to sustain our programs and initiatives that cultivate the potential of our future leaders.


By supporting YEDA, you are sowing the seeds for a positive, enduring impact that reaches far beyond the immediate effects of your contribution made today.



What is YEDA?


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As a local non-profit youth organization, YEDA is a beacon of hope, offering supplemental education, fitness, and wellness programs to empower and uplift the youth in our community.


At YEDA, our mission is to go beyond traditional education and provide comprehensive support to our youth, their families, and the community. We understand the importance of fostering strong interpersonal skills and promoting the value of health and wellness from an early age.


Through our unique approach to mentoring and development programs, we aim to empower young individuals to navigate personal and professional challenges with confidence and compassion.


Also, by instilling the principles of holistic well-being, we equip our youth with the tools they need to excel in any path they choose.




Why is YEDA Essential for Today’s Youth?



YEDA's programs are designed to engage and challenge students using movement, motivation, and mentoring. By providing constructive activities, YEDA steers young individuals away from destructive behaviors and towards a path of positivity and growth.


Considering the current state of youth crime, behavioral trends, and youth emotional development, organizations like YEDA, are now more important than ever.


Statistics show that the 2nd highest crime rate is among children ages 5-17 years old, standing at a staggering 17.7%. This is a concerning reality that cannot be ignored. However, by making a donation to YEDA, you are actively participating in the prevention of teenage crime.


Moreover, the United States is currently experiencing an extreme teenage mental health crisis. According to a recent CDC study, the share of American high school students who report feeling "persistent feelings of sadness or hopelessness" has risen from 26 percent to 44 percent between 2009 and 2021.


This alarming increase necessitates urgent action and support from organizations like YEDA. By donating to YEDA, you are directly contributing to the mental and emotional well-being of our youth.


Your donation can provide the necessary resources to offer vital mental health support and guidance to those who need it the most.




How does your donation make a difference at YEDA?



Investing in YEDA is much bigger than just financial support. It's a commitment to the future of our community,


By supporting YEDA, you directly impact the cost of paid participation programs, making it possible to keep registration fees affordable for parents enrolling their children.


This, in turn, provides opportunities for more youth to engage in positive activities, effectively keeping them away from negative influences. Your generosity will touch the lives of countless young individuals who will benefit from the free and low-cost programs offered by YEDA.


Low-Cost Programs Offered By YEDA in 2023:

  • Spring, Summer, and Fall Basketball Training

  • Travel Basketball Team For 5th-11th Grade Students

  • Open Gym Throughout the Year - Open to Current YEDA Youth

  • Jump Starz Double Dutch Training

  • Soccer Starz Soccer Training

  • Stock Market Game (In Partnership with Park Forest Park District Teen Zone Program)



In addition, your donation also provides supplies and support for initiatives developed by YEDA to support the youth in a variety of ways.


Some are designed to encourage youth relationship building and provide mentorship opportunities; some provide donations to underserved children and connect parents with local organizations and resources that offer youth services.


Free Support Offered by YEDA in 2023

  • YEDA And Building Blocks Learning Academy Partnered to Donate The Book “Where’s Taylor” Written By Michelle Redd, To A Group Of Second Grade Students Who Had Recently Lost A Classmate.

  • Sponsorship Of Park Forest Richton Park YBL (Youth Basketball League)

  • Multiple Free Double Dutch Workshops

  • Multiple Free Soccer Clinics

  • Two Back 2 School Events Providing Free School Supplies and Back Packs To Students

  • Annual Skate Party for Current YEDA Youth

  • Multiple Pizza Parties

  • Summer College Tour

  • Upcoming Winter Clothes Giveaway on December 22nd To Provide Local Youth With Coats, Hats, Gloves, Boots And Scarves.

  • Upcoming YEDA Holiday Party for Current YEDA Youth






Join us in Supporting YEDA's Mission and Make a Lasting Impact


Donate today and be a part of the change our community needs. Every donation counts, and every contribution brings us one step closer to a brighter, safer, and more empowered future for our youth.


Financial Contributions Needed for Our Upcoming 2024 Programs & Events

  • Grant Writing Class II

  • Introduction to the Gaming Industry Workshop

  • Gaming And Stem Workshop

  • Skating Party

  • Yeda Jump Starz-Double Dutch Training

  • Soccer Starz- Spring Soccer Training for Youth Ages 5-11

  • Travel Basketball

  • Stock Market

  • College Tour II

  • Summer Camp

  • Back To School Giveaway

  • Basketball Training

  • Sponsorship of Park Forest/Richton Park YBL (Youth Basketball League)


Now is the Time to Act


Let's join forces and make a difference. Your contribution, no matter the size, will make a significant difference in the lives of our youth and the overall well-being of our community.


Together, we can create a positive and nurturing environment that fosters growth, resilience, and unity.


Make your donation to YEDA today!




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