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Rick Bowen

Youth Development Fund, Inc.


Youth Development Fund, Inc (YDF). is a non-profit general assistance fund for educational program and services for children. YDF supports educational program concerning drug abuse, health and fitness; presents festival events for children and the general public; produces and distributes Public Service Announcements regarding child-family relationships; and pursues all other related purposes allowed to non-profit corporations by the laws in the State of Tennessee.

An educational program service was produced for the Internet, the World Wide Web home page format with postings available to over 60 million people. The goal is to have every school that has access to computers and the Internet to be able to access our educational programs. The home page has been aggressively promoted throughout the Internet by various search engines and linked to as many different sites as possible. http://www.youthdevelopmentfund.org

YDF has provided wishes for children with life threatening illness through it's project entitled "A Child's Dream" most asked for dream is to go to Florida theme based parks, of which the immediate family is included. Dream applicants are referred to us by word of mouth. Those we help first are determined by the severity of the illness. Other dreams we have funded include computers, shopping sprees, and partial payments for cars.

Rick Bowen - President, Youth Development Fund
Andy Smalls - President, Marshal Andy Productions
Sissie Suddarth - Retail Buyer
Harold Ward, Jr.

Our address is
Youth Development Fund, Inc.
8 Canberra Drive
Knoxville, TN 37923
email: boweenie1@gmail.com

The Following Are Events That Youth Development Fund, Inc., Has Helped Sponsor:

  • Camp Volunteer, a Wilderness Therapeutic Residential Treatment Program. YDF provided food, clothing, shelter, education, and counseling for 14 youth ages 13-18 under this program.
  • War on Drugs Coalition Dinner and Auction with featured speaker Boomer Esiason, Pro Quarterback for the Cincinnati Bengals. Beneficiaries included Metro Drug Commission, St. Mary's Medical Center, and YDF's drug awareness program.
  • 3-D Day (Don't Do Drugs) World's Fair Site. Drug Awareness campaign. Fifty Thousand (50,000) pledge cards were distributed to 3rd through 12th graders asking them to abstain from all drugs other than those prescribed by a physician for 24 hours in order to check their chemical dependency. A day-long rally provided music and entertainment interspersed with information about the hazards of drug abuse. The program involved City and State officials including the Sheriff of Knox County, U.S. Attorney and YDF Board Member Congressman John Duncan. Sixteen counties of "Just Say No" Chapters in East Tennessee participated in this anti-drug rally.
  • "3 on 3 Tournament" War on Drugs 9/86, with Michael Jordan and other NBA basketball players who visited 13 schools, directly influencing over 10,000 students to say no to drugs.
  • "Summer's Final Fling" on the World's Fair Site. Free to the public, the event provided free entertainment, including food, music, and games for children. Drug awareness educational materials were distributed by area anti-drug coalition members.
  • "Shake the Sugar Bowl" cassette; the title song was written and recorded by Rick Bowen, President of Youth Development Fund, Inc., and Gemini Records. Project benefitted The University of Tennessee with public relations benefits, as it was shipped to 100 radio and TV stations across the state.
  • "Labor Day Weekend Party" on the World's Fair Site. This festival event provided a planning grant for Eastview Housing Corporation, housing assistance for 3 individuals, and the Ronald McDonald House.
  • Country Music Concert with Razzy Bailey, Civic Auditorium. This event provided Christmas presents for two area social service agencies, Big Brothers and Big Sisters.
  • "Arnold Palmer Golf Classic" featuring Arnold Palmer at Fox Den Country Club. Free tickets were provided to children from John Tarleton Home, Columbus Home, Millertown Group Home and Zion Lutheran Home through the Department of Welfare and Institutions.
  • "Lee Trevino Golf Classic" at Fox Den Country Club.
  • Tennis Exhibition with Billy Jean King and Hanna Manlikova.

In the past 16 years, Youth Development Fund has responded to a variety of needs. The Board of Directors reviews project request needs, and provides educational programs and services to meet those needs.

Drug Abuse: facts you should know.

Rick Bowen
8 Canberra Dr, Knoxville, TN 37923.
865- 690-8521
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