LivingSidebySide® Peace Building Programs

A Pathway to Peace

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 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. Learn more: 20 Kyrgyz teachers receive Train the Trainers peace building program

Training modules can be presented to:

Youth of diverse ethnicities share their personal histories

Youth of diverse ethnicities share their personal histories

  • 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 can be easily modified for adult audiences.

LivingSidebySide®for ADULTS or ORGANIZATIONS includes:

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

2. On-site Program Development, Monitoring, and Capacity-Building support for participating  organizations

3. Choice of Training Locations including at Legacy’s Global Youth Village (GYV)* campus to see our international summer program in action

*Global Youth Village
(GYV) is Legacy’s 34 year, longest running flagship program and one location where training takes place.

Comments from participants in our LivingSidebySide®Program

Svetlana Serebryakova, trained by Legacy in the U.S.(facing) leads String exercise with adult trainees in Perm Russia.

“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

“(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

“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

“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

Youths share personal stories from their past while discussing issues

Youths share personal stories from their past while discussing issues

“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

4 Responses to "LivingSidebySide® Peace Building Programs"

  1. Madhulika Lal says:

    I am a junior in high school very interested in global issues especially those involving children, girls education and Eco- friendly initiative.
    I wanted to know if there is any way I can get involved in the summer of 2015.
    I am pursuing journalism as my career option and want to do Eco-journalism.

  2. ivyadmin says:

    Thank you for your interest in our peacebuilding program. This training is offered at Legacy’s Global Youth Village each summer. You can find out more information at: and it was piloted in 10 schools in Kyrgyzstan in 2014.
    You may wish to make the Nepali government and NGOs aware of the program. We would be happy to explore ways in which we can bring LivingSidebySide® to your city/region/ or country.
    Marlene Ginsberg
    Vice President/Professional Programs

  3. Ram Chandra Acharya says:

    I am a Nepali student.How do I participate in this program.

  4. We seek to provide and develop our students non-violent skills internationally…but our biggest challenge is fuding.we could appreciate any generous support that will provide sponship program to any of our kids.

Leave a Comment