• 40th Anniversary Fundraiser! From 1983 until 1990, Legacy's projects in
    youth leadership development, environmental
    stewardship, global music and the Middle East
    peace process were a beacon of hope and today
    those alumni are creating a legacy as community
    leaders. Here is a great way to share in their stories,
    view Legacy's history and support future projects.

  • 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.

Highlights
  • 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?

  • 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.

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Founded in 1979, as the Institute for Practical Idealism and later known as Legacy International, our work is inspired by our Founder and President, J.E. Rash’s vision.