• Service to Others “Life's most persistent and urgent question
    is, 'What are you doing for others?'“
    Martin Luther King, JR

    Watch our most recent video
    about the power of service.

  • Spark Laughter That
    Uplifts The World
    Take the #ROFLChallenge and
    #CREATEaLEGACY of Laughter.

  • The Global Faces of Leadership These individuals are the future, and they’re
    making their communities, as well as the world
    more stable, safe, and innovative.

  • Peacebuilding and Leadership Do you want to be part of the GLOBAL
    youth movement to bring people together?

  • Economic Empowerment Are you committed to empowering
    communities through innovation and
    entrepreneurship, socially responsible
    businesses, and workforce development.

  • Promoting Gender Parity Legacy International is proud to be a
    champion of gender inclusivity and
    recognizes the social, economic, cultural,
    and political achievements of women
    and #PressForProgress.

  • Donate to Support Legacy Your donation helps Legacy to continue
    its 40-year history of training, mentoring
    and supporting a global network of leaders.

  • Welcoming the Fall 2019 Professional Fellows Delegation

    Legacy International is very pleased to welcome the Fall 2019 PFP cohort! The Professional Fellows Program (PFP) for Economic Empowerment, Middle East and North Africa is a two-way exchange program for professionals ranging from 25 to 38 years of age and is sponsored by the U.S. Department of State.

  • Global Viewpoints Forum 2019

    From 1985 to 1989, Legacy International offered a series of presentations and discussions on interfaith understanding, regional conflicts, and environmentally sustainable development known as the Global Viewpoints Forum.

  • Economic Empowerment

    The Organization for Economic Co-operation and Development defines economic empowerment as the capacity of women and men to participate in, contribute to and benefit from growth processes in ways that recognize the value of their contributions, respect their dignity, and make it possible to negotiate a fairer distribution of the benefits of growth.

  • A Legacy of Arts: Building Connections Through Music

    Groups like the National Endowment for the Arts have conducted surveys and studies over multiple decades that have found a decline in arts program funding, and even arts programs’ existence in general, in schools and publicly funded organizations all over the U.S.

  • Alumni Spotlight: Steven Sutherland’s “Sound of Vision”

    Today, Legacy is recognizing Social Cohesion Program alumnus Steven Sutherland and his positive impact in the global blind and partially sighted community.

  • Alumni Update: Kiana Graves (Saudi Young Leaders Exchange Program – U.S. Cultural Ambassador)

    I am a Youth in Development Peace Corps volunteer and I live in a small city in the south of Morocco. My experience in the Peace Corps has been rewarding and I definitely want to thank Legacy International for helping to get me here.

  • International Women’s Day: Recognizing United Nations NGO Committee on the Status of Women 2019 Woman of Distinction Award Recipient Gharsanay IbnulAmeen

    Celebrated on March 8, 2019, International Women’s Day gives Legacy International the opportunity to share the wonderful work our alumni are doing all over the world. Today, in light of the award she is receiving, we are celebrating Legacy alumna Gharsanay IbnulAmeen.

  • Zero Discrimination Day: Defining Issues and Taking Action

    ero Discrimination Day is observed to promote equality before the law and in practice of the law – throughout all the member countries of the United Nations. Launched by UNAIDS Executive Director Michel Sidibé, the first celebration of Zero Discrimination Day happened on March 1, 2014.

  • Social Justice Day 2019: Reflecting on the Work of Legacy Alumni

    Though the road to ending the issues facing a number of underrepresented social groups is a continuous and never-ending one, leaders like Thinzar and Kaufman have proven to us that it is very possible to make a difference in our communities, and even at a young age.

  • A Conversation with Bobby Smith, participant in Legacy’s LivingSidebySide® training and Marlene Ginsberg, Legacy International

    Having observed Bobby’s in two trainings, I asked him:  How does 22 years in prison affect your personality, your decisions, your values?

  • Reflections on the Saudi Young Leaders Exchange Program

    Reflections from two U.S. Cultural Ambassadors during the Saudi Young Leaders Exchange Program 2018.

  • Lessons Learned in School: Teach Without Shaming Children

    The latest blog post from Legacy’s education consultant and Advisory Board member on her blog: Education, From Inside and Outside.

    Life brings great joys and challenges. Do you remember a similar incident?

  • Youth Empowerment

    When you think about challenges facing the Middle East and North Africa (MENA) Region, young people may not be at the top of your list.

  • Alumni Impact Award Winners

    “My interaction with Zeinab was extraordinary. She became a full member of our team within one day of coming on board, and then went on to challenge and even lead us in a wide range of ways throughout her time with us.  There was a real spark of mutual inspiration and learning” 

  • Social Cohesion in Action

    Last year I was lucky enough to be selected to take part in a Social Cohesion Exchange programme between the UK and United States. The programme enabled me to learn from US community organisers and practitioners to develop a own social action project once I returned to the UK.

  • A Skilled GirlForce

    October 11 is recognized by the United Nations as International Day of the Girl.

    The theme for 2018 is With Her: A Skilled GirlForce.

  • Building Social Cohesion

    For a second year, from July 29 – August 12, 2018, Legacy International welcomed 12 young people (ages 16-18) from the U.K. for a two-week cultural exchange program in the U.S. focused on combating divisiveness in communities and building social cohesion.

  • The Power of Youth

    “The power of youth is the common wealth for the entire world. The faces of young people are the faces of our past, our present and our future. No segment in the society can match with the power, idealism, enthusiasm and courage of the young people.” – Kailash Satyarthi

  • World Youth Skills Day! #WYSD

    Today is World Youth Skills Day! #WYSD. Young people are almost three times more likely to be unemployed than adults and continuously exposed to lower quality of jobs, greater labor market inequalities, and longer and more insecure school-to-work transitions. That is why education and training are key determinants of success in the labor market.

  • TechGirls In Action

    Read the latests updates from TechGirls and see how they are Creating A Legacy in their communities. 

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