‘Community Connections’  Health Programs
  • Spring 1998 – NGOs from Perm, Russia (5 persons) – 2 severely disabled participants (cerebral palsy and diabetes) Ella Chugina—(CP) is well known throughout Russia and Ukraine disability movements for her efforts in starting the first rehab facility in the city.
  • Fall 2001 – Health, Ternopil, Ukraine (10) -10 doctors and other medical practitioners were hosted; partnered with Carilion Health Systems
  • Fall 2002 –Disability,  L’viv, Ukraine (10) – 10 NGOs from western Ukraine working with the disabled, one person wheelchair bound; became leader in the disability movement throughout the country.
  • Fall 2009 – Disability,  Crimea Ukraine (10) This group represented the southern region of Ukraine of the disability movement.
  • Winter 2011 – Disability, Samara, Russia (10) NGO representatives working with the Disabled were aware of the efforts of Ella Chugina from Spring 1998 (above)
Health & Safety Prevention Programs
(from point of view of conflict prevention and resolution –displacement, violence against women and children)
  • 1979-1989 – Dialogue Exchange & Global Youth Village (GYV) -Multiple projects working with Israeli Jews & Arabs, and Palestinians in the US and region
  • 1996 –USA Community Agencies,  Arlington, Va.- Cross-Cultural Conflict Resolution- Training for Community Agencies in Arlington, VA-training provided for the (National MultiCultural Institute)
  • 2001 -Georgian & Abkhazian, Children of Civil War – Building for the Future- Peaceful Coexistence Skills for Children of Civil War/ Youth Development Program, Georgian and Abkhazian youths- Academy for Educational Development
  • 1999-2002 – Ukrainian Women’s Leadership: NGO Development– U.S. Department of State- projects implemented re: girls and women’s rights, domestic violence; adoption of orphans, etc
  • 2003 – Side by Side pilot – NGO development for youth-serving NGOs in Perm, Russia – focus on inter-ethnic and inter-religious understanding, US Agency for International Development
  • 2003 – Conflict Prevention-Training for Civic Leaders from Jalalabad, Kyrgyzstan-for professionals in media, government, NGO, and law enforcement – U.S. Department of State
  • 2007, 2008, 2009, 2011, 2012 – Iraqi Youth -post conflict. Legacy International partnered with the U.S. State Department to train Iraqi youth in the United States
  • 2011, 2012 – Morocco & Egypt – North Africa Community Health Initiative—partnering with Carilion Health Systems, GWU Medical school, American Public Health Association
  • 2012 –  US /Global Youth Village, Community Health Workshop presented by Moroccan alum

Chronology of Legacy programs (Partial)

2009-present

  • North African Community Health Initiative –links health professionals from Egypt and Morocco with their counterparts in the US. (2010-2012)
  • Y outh Leadership Program: Indonesia– Civic Education Program in the U.S. for high school students and teachers from Indonesian Pesantren ( Islamic Boarding) schools 2004-2010.
  • Legislative Fellows Program 2009-2011 (LFP) links community leaders from the US with their counterparts from Kuwait and Oman.
  • Community Connections 2011 – Civic professional and community leaders from Azerbaijan, Russia and Ukraine visit their counterparts in the US and return to their homes to share new understandings.


1999-2009

  • Community Connections US internship programs for entrepreneurs, educators, and other professionals from Russia, Ukraine, Belarus, Uzbekistan, U.S. department of State, 1993-present
  • Religion and Society Program-Indonesia – religious leaders, clerics and community leaders increase their knowledge of the counterpart country and establish a dialogue about the scholarship and practice of religion (particularly Islam) in the two nations. 2007-2009
  • Youth Leadership Program: Indonesia– Civic Education Program in the U.S. for high school students and teachers from Indonesian Pesantren ( Islamic Boarding) schools 2004-2011.
  • Iraqi Youth Leadership Program – Legacy International is partnering the U.S. State Department  to welcome Iraqi youth to the United States. 2007, 2008, 2009
  • Arabic Language Institute: Morocco. – U.S State Department funds this special opportunity for U.S. high school students to spend 6 weeks in Morocco this summer developing Arabic language skills and experiencing Moroccan hospitality. Summer 2008, 2009, Summer 2010.
  • Global Youth Village– summer training institute for high school students from around the world in environmental action, global perspectives, conflict resolution, and leadership. Foundation support, private funding, 1979-present
  • Responsible Governance, Civic Education and Citizen Participation in Central Asia. An exchange between US and Central Asian NGO leaders, educators and education policy makers.2006-2008
  • LINC: Voices in Democracy– Linking individuals, knowledge, and culture; a two-way exchange for U.S. & Indonesian secondary school students. 2006-2007
  • Religion, Human Rights, and Democracy Peer Interactions between U.S. and Kazakh Religious and Civic Leaders, 2003-2005
  • Conflict Prevention-Training for Civic Leaders from Jalalabad, Kyrgyzstan-for media, government, NGO, and law enforcement – U.S. Department of State, 2003
  • Youth Leadership Program: Bosnia and Herzogovina
  • Small grants program for Ukrainian NGOs – funding women’s initiatives in legal education, adoption, anti-drug and teen pregnancy, U.S. Department of State, 2001-02
  • Building for the Future- Peaceful Coexistence Skills for Children of Civil War/ Youth Development Program, Georgian and Abkhazian youths- Academy for Educational Development, 2001

1989-1999

  • Ukrainian Women’s Leadership: NGO Development- U.S. Department of State, 1999-2002
  • Global Youth Village– summer training institute for high school students from around the world in environmental action, global perspectives, conflict resolution, and leadership. Foundation support, private funding, 1979-present
  • Community Connections US internship programs for entrepreneurs, educators, and other professionals from Russia, Ukraine, Belarus, Uzbekistan, U.S. department of State, 1993-present
  • Building for the Future- Peaceful Coexistence Skills for Children of Civil War/ Youth Development Program, Georgian and Abkhazian youths- Academy for Educational Development, 1998
  • Cross-Cultural Conflict Resolution– Training for Community Agencies in Arlington, VA-training provided for the National MultiCultural Institute, 1996
  • Central Asian Youth Exchange focused on Tourism– US Department of State, 1993-5
  • Discover the NIS – international travel to Russia, Kyrgyzstan, Kazakhstan, Uzbekistan for underserved US teens – DeWitt Wallace Reader’s Digest Foundation, 1992-94
  • Central Asian Artisan Marketing Workshop– women’s business initiative (Uzbekistan)- World Bank 1993-5
  • Oil Company and Environmental Activist Dialogue– Program for Major Oil Companies and Environmental Activist groups, private funding, 1991
  • Leadership Curriculum– student and teacher manuals created for two-tier program activities, 1991-93
  • Middle East Environmental Professional Visitors Program– U.S. Department of State, 1993
  • Leadership Development Initiative-organizational development and pilot for a year-long series of enabling activities for principals, teachers, and students of the Archdiocese of New York City (joint project with Center for Educational Programs)- Milken Foundations 1991-95


1979-1989

  • Global Viewpoints Forums; Arab-Jewish Men’s Dialogues-presentations and discussions on interfaith understanding, regional conflicts, and environmentally sustainable development -private funding, 1985 – 1989
  • Dialogue Exchange; Dialogue Speakers Tours– study tour of reconciliation movement in the U.S., Israel, and Palestine – private funding
  • Global Youth Village– summer training institute for high school students from around the world in environmental action, global perspectives, conflict resolution, and leadership. Foundation support, private funding, 1979-present
  • Workshops in Sustainable Tourism Development– European Union (Amman, Jordan)
  • YES (Youths for Environment and Service) – empowering youth to form coalitions and take actions that make a difference – private funding, 1985 – 1991
  • NGO development for youth-serving NGOs in Perm, Russia – focus on inter-ethnic and inter-religious understanding, US Agency for International Development 2003
  • Virginia Growth Management Forum– statewide forum for government and business sectors, 1989
  • Changing Tides along the Mediterranean– international conference for young professionals from 11 Mediterranean and 2 North American nations developed environmental action plans (Spain)- U.S. Agency for International Development and private funding, 1985