• 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.

  • 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. 

  • World Environment Day

    Last month our #EYLeaders took time out to do some amazing work with the land at Community First Village, an organization that does great work with low-income and displaced people in Austin, TX.

  • Alumni Impact Award Winner: Dana Mekler

    Twice a year as part of the Professional Fellows Program the Department of State selects alumni from around the world to honor as Alumni Impact Award winners. Legacy is pleased to announce that one of the awardees this spring is Dana Mekler who participated as a fellowship host and outbound traveler Dana for the Professional Fellows Program. 

  • Saying Goodbye to a Good Friend

    On Friday, May 18, 2018 we said goodbye to a long-time friend of Legacy International and the Global Youth Village: Linda Lewis Ingram, who passed away in her home surrounded by friends.

  • Thinking Beyond The Classroom: Teacher to Teacher Communication

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

  • Legacy’s Global Viewpoints Forum Returns for Our 40th Anniversary

    From 1985 – 19889 Legacy International offered a series of presentations and discussions on interfaith understanding, regional conflicts, and environmentally sustainable development known as the Global Viewpoints Forum. As part of Legacy’s 40th anniversary celebrations, we are happy to announce the return of the Global Viewpoints Forum.

  • Emerging Young Leaders Award 2018

    This week we kicked off the 2018 Emerging Young Leaders program. For the past two years the State Department has chosen to honor ten young people from around the world for the amazing work that they have done in their home countries.

  • Thinking Beyond The Classroom: The Dilemma of Social Status

    Social status is a fraught topic for humans. We each seek some assurance that we have sufficient social power to be respected. The dilemma of social status begins early in life, but becomes acute with the onset of puberty, as children begin to see themselves as individuals separate from their parents.

  • Sustaining #neveragain: A Chorus of Harmony

    Once in a generation a true and momentous revolution, in the full sense of the word, can take place in America… when people with bravery and hope, who truly believe in their message, stand up in protest of injustice and inequality. In the 1910’s, it was about women’s suffrage. In the 1950’s and 1960’s, it was about civil rights and equality for all. Now, in 2018, it’s about eradicating gun violence in communities across the nation.

  • Thinking Beyond The Classroom: Inclusive School Community?

    What is the best way to create an inclusive school culture? How can a school leader promote a feeling of belonging for everyone in that school community: from the dyslexic second grader to the sole African-American in sixth grade, from the student whose parents speak Chinese at home to the divorced teacher trying to raise three children on one teacher’s salary, from the part-time worker in the cafeteria who struggles to pay his bills and has to work two jobs to do so to the elegantly dressed tutor who can afford to work part-time? Each child and adult in a school community has a different story to tell. Each one longs for connection, validation, affirmation.

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