Save the youth Incorporated was founded in 1994 by Eugene Edwards, a research scientist from Huntsville (Alabama). The
co-founder is Earnestine Williams who is now serving as Executive Director. The organization has offered programs for
disadvantaged and at-risk youth in life skills, educational support, cultural expression, and drug awareness. Save the youth likewise
makes the same services available to all youth and their families, regardless of their background. Although Save the Youth provides
services to all of Alabama (and surrounding states), the present location for the headquarters is in Bessemer (Alabama) at 211 19th
Street North. The building was donated by Kendall Engineering.
During any given week, more than 150 children may participate in Save The Youth's programs at the 19th Street location. A typical
Moral Values/Life Skills program stresses principles of healthy living, respect for parents, responsible behavior, acceptable dress,
and community service.
The founder, Eugene Edwards, came from disadvantaged circumstances. He attended elementary, middle, and graduated from high
school in Bessemer. Mr. Edwards later graduated with honors from college and went to graduate school and obtained his Masters
degree in Electrical Engineering.
Due to the economy, Save the Youth did not get any grant money to support our organization, nor do the organization receive any
financial support from neither the United Fund nor United Way budgets for program and operating expenses. Several improvements
in the storefront building are much needed. There is no air conditioning at present and no handicap assessable restroom. The county
jail across the street makes its handicap restroom/facility available.
Save The Youth continues to exist via donations from thoughtful individuals; the organization now needs the public to be that
compassionate champion that donates the maximum amount they can toward a monthly expense that is near $3000, cost of air
conditioning (minimum estimate, $25,000) and a handicap assessable restroom (thousands of dollars).