• Turning Isolation into Collaboration Connect with changemakers from around the world
    in our virtual Global Viewpoints Forum
    Online every Thursday at 12 PM EST

  • 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?

  • 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.

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  • Virtual Global Viewpoints Forum

    Join Legacy International during our weekly virtual Global Viewpoints Forum. Every Thursday at 12PM EST, we will feature a new speaker to foster discussion and connect changemakers from around the world. Follow the link to register!

  • Global Viewpoints Forum – Creating the New Tomorrow Today


  • A Letter From Legacy Founder & President J.E. Rash

    At these very challenging and fearful times we have to have faith and courage, vigilance and compassion. As you have heard me say, you are the hope of the future. Your knowledge and your creativity, your concern for others, for the planet, for truth and justice and equity, cannot be taken from you by anyone or any pandemic.

  • LivingSidebySide® Supports the UN Sustainable Development Goals

    Legacy International was called on to participate in the “Baseline Assessment for Disarmament in Asia and the Pacific” Common Findings Report 2019 of the United Nations. LI was contacted due to its evidence-based peace education program, LivingSidebySide® that was implemented in 10 schools in southern Kyrgyzstan.

  • The Global Youth Village 2020

    This summer teens from more than 15 countries will gather at our camp in the foothills of the Blue Ridge Mountains. While all around us swirls messages of hopelessness, the international youth summit brings together people who care about making this planet and our communities sustainable.

  • TechGirls: Promoting STEM Worldwide

    Read the latest updates on what the TechGirls are working on including the TechGirls & TechWomen Clubs.

  • Professional Fellows Alumni Impact Award Winner – Fall 2019

    Manel Bargaoui (Legacy International Professional Fellows Program Spring 2017) is an author, teacher, mobile app manager, and pioneer advocate for the deaf and hard of hearing in Tunisia.

  • Kavi-USA TechGirls 2019

    Through the TechGirls experience, I was able to expand my knowledge of fields like cybersecurity and Java game development. Outside of the classroom, TechGirls opened my eyes to STEM education in other countries. Through talking and connecting with girls from countries in the Middle East, North Africa, and Central Asia, I was able to learn about the types of STEM activities and extracurriculars offered in their communities.

  • Agricultural Youth Leadership

    Kelsie (Hanlontown, Iowa) attended Global Youth Village this past summer, and was one of six students selected to be part of the Youth Leadership Program — Turkey & USA. This U.S. Department of State initiative links young farmers who are opening the eyes of their peers to food production and careers in agriculture.

  • Meet the #ProFellows!

    The Professional Fellows Program (PFP) for Economic Empowerment, Middle East and North Africa is a two-way exchange program sponsored by the U.S. Department of State and designed to promote mutual understanding, enhance leadership and professional skills, and build lasting, sustainable partnerships between mid-level emerging leaders committed to strengthening their communities through social entrepreneurship and workforce development.

  • 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?

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