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Legacy International offers training experiences that foster inter-ethnic, racial, and religious understanding among youths and young adults facing troubled circumstances — in the US or abroad.  Legacy’s peace-building model has found great success training leaders experiencing interethnic, interpersonal tensions or recent strife.

Developed and tested over three decades,  LivingSidebySide® features complete manuals for facilitators, worksheets for participants, and custom training and certification services.  The program has been implemented with mixed populations in the US, and with Israelis and Palestinians, Northern Irish Protestants and Catholics, various Nigerian groups, and Croats, Muslims, and Serbs from Bosnia and Herzegovina.

Flexible Training Models 

Have one of you experienced any discrimination or even conflict on ethnic lines? If yes, how did you try to resolve the conflict or tension?

TRAINING MODULES can be presented to schools and after-school programs, summer camps, youth clubs, weekend workshops. Most packages involve 32 – 40 hours of workshops. Target audience is ages 15 – 18; the program is easily modified for adult audiences.

LivingSidebySide®for Adults or Organizations include:

  1. Train the Trainers (TOT) for Facilitator Certification:

Basic Training for Facilitator Certification- enables practitioners to deliver the program to youth and young adult groups

Advanced Training for Facilitator Certification- enables practitioners to train other adult facilitators for certification

  1. On-site Program Development, Monitoring, and Capacity-Building support for participating organizations
  2. Choice of Training Locations including at Legacy’s Global Youth Village (GYV) campus to see our international summer program in action. GYV is Legacy’s 34 year, longest running flagship program and one location where training takes place.

Comments From Youth Participants 

Youths share personal stories from their past while discussing issues“To someone who believes that violence is the only way, I would quote Dr. Martin Luther King: ‘We must end the cycle of violence. The old saying “an eye for an eye” leave the whole world blind.’ Because of the attitude that it’s a problem of “good guys” and “bad guys,” there is a feeling that the good guys should win. But it’s not a battle. It’s a problem that must be understood and a solution that must be beneficial to both our peoples.” – Saar Peer, Israeli

 “Throughout high school I volunteered with a law office that helped low-income refugees and immigrants… I interviewed people who needed help with issues like deportation, applying for a green card, bringing family to the US from war zones or refugee camps, and discrimination. My training at GYV absolutely helped me communicate with all of the people from different cultures, especially when I had to get detailed accounts of sensitive problems and histories”. -Shannon Eddy, Maine, U.S.A

“My neighborhood in Chicago is very drug infested with things that are not fit for a young man like me to see.  My behavior has changed a lot because of GYV. I am a better listener now and I see that I have really good potential.  This experience has made me a new leader and a more responsible person. I believe in myself now.” -Zilijan Jones, Chicago, USA

“I learned that regardless of our differences, we are all human and we all share a common goal: to have a better, more peaceful world.   I learned  different ways to deal with conflicts, and the difference between debate and dialogue. I also learned  about different cultures, traditions, and languages. Stereotypes don’t do us any good because the act of one person isn’t the act of all people”. -Stella Palado, Philippines/USA, California

“I changed my character and my whole perspective changed from my GYV experience. I became more appreciative of things and more serious about looking at stereotypes. I thought all Iraqis were terrorists, that bombs were falling all around them, but my Iraqi friends showed me what Iraq and Iraqis were really like. We may look different but we have so much in common. I grew more as a person and I have a different point of view about the world and its many cultures. In my school the kids are mainly African American and Hispanic. I realized that although someone may look angry, or as a first impression think they are part of a gang, everyone is a person and you have to take time to get to know someone and not assume you know who they are right off the bat.” -Israel Ortiz, Chicago, Illinois, USA

Comments from Trainers and Teachers

unnamed-1“Having worked with and alongside Beacon programs and Settlement Houses in both San Francisco and New York City, I wish I had been able to bring in a program like LivingSideBySide®. The success it has had with young people and fostering tolerance and understanding would really have benefited my students.” – Shawn Brown

“(After the training) I worked with a group of teens that the school had labeled “the most difficult students.”  At the end of the program, they said, “Is that all?  We can stay for more.” -Svetlana Sarabryakova, Instructor, Santa Lingua School, Izhevsk, Russia

“At the beginning of the Train the Trainers program, one of the adult participants, Galina, said that she did not like Kyrgyz, Tajiks and Uzbeks [other minority ethnic groups], and that she will never have friends from among them.  Some weeks passed, and she appeared at our office later looking quite different, bright, beautiful.  At last she said, ‘I am in love.  We met after the training.  He’s … Uzbek!’“- Vasiliy Viuzhanin, Ural NGO Support Center

Pilot Program in Kyrgyzstan

Youth of diverse ethnicities share their personal histories

Youth of diverse ethnicities share their personal histories

A Sustainable Plan for LivingSideBySide® in Kyrgyzstan’s Schools

Evaluation results from the Stockholm International Peace Research Institute show positive outcomes for 3 year plan.

Implementation of Conflict Prevention in Kyrgyz Republic

Ministry of Education and Science supports implementation of Legacy’s LivingSidebySide®.

Multi Ethnic Harmony in Kyrgyzstan (Quotes from Teachers and students in English and in Russian) “I always was a leader but nobody used to understand me. Now I know why. I know the right time to listen and when to stop talking and express my opinion.”

Attitudes are changing in Kyrgyzstan Svetlana Serebryakova, trained by Legacy in the U.S.(facing) leads string exercise with adult trainees in Perm Russia.

Legacy’s Training the Trainers program brings about a peaceful solutions to conflict in schools.

Building a foundation for Peace in southern Kyrgyzstan

Teachers see attitude and behavioral change in their students through in-depth training with curriculum suited to their multi-cultural society.

Kyrgyz teachers receive peace training

Have one of you experienced any discrimination or even conflict on ethnic lines? If yes, how did you try to resolve the conflict or tension?