Dear friends and supporters:
We are all faced with challenges locally, nationally and globally. We see the rise of intolerance and the loss of social cohesion. For the past four decades, we at Legacy International have had a mandate to promote mutual respect based on universal values, and to build and strengthen communities around the world. To that end, we train and support the transformative leaders who are committed to tolerance, social cohesion, socially responsible enterprises and peaceful societies. Whether in the area of entrepreneurship, health and education, environment, tolerance, women’s empowerment, sustainable development, or good governance, we are creating a positive Legacy every day.
I am constantly inspired by the highly skilled and motivated young leaders we train and work with. Helping them to refine their skills and, through our networks, realize their vision and achieve their goals gives me hope every day for a better, more equitable, more tolerant, more unified world.
In 2017, Legacy successfully conducted programs directly serving over 263 participants from more than 25 different countries. In this same year, we indirectly served more than 11,910 additional people through participant projects. Legacy continued to implement the prestigious Emerging Youth Leaders Award Program, and added a new program focused on Social Cohesion in communities in the U.K. We also continued to work with emerging leaders in the Middle East through the Professional Fellows Program, the Saudi Young Leaders Exchange Program and TechGirls programs, and maintained our commitment to young American leaders at the 39th annual Global Youth Village, and our 12th year implementing Arabic Language Institute.
You can see how our mutual “legacy” comes to life in the work and stories of our alumni. I hope you enjoy the stories of the brave, talented, and visionary young leaders highlighted in this report. As we move into our 40th anniversary year, I also look forward to sharing with you many more exciting developments in our work, including a new initiative, the Global Transformation Corp.
Our long-term relationship with the U.S. Department of State, Bureau of Education and Cultural Affairs has enabled us and hundreds of thousands of individuals around the world to advance in their careers and provide services and products that will continue to bring progress and opportunities to their fellow citizens. Private funders have supported our ongoing relationships with the alumni of our trainings and built a stronger foundation for developing new opportunities globally to scale up and out our work through our Teams of Excellence (global leaders and experts who are available to Legacy International). I am thankful for all of our staff and everyone who is a part of this work. Together with our amazing alumni, partners, and donors, Legacy works diligently to serve those who seek to benefit their communities and lead their countries into a peaceful, healthy, and economically sustainable future.
JE Rash, Founder and President