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30th S Swebversion
Legacy International 30 th Anniversary
In 1979… The world faced a great number of challenges
<ul><li>In the same year, in a small town in Virginia, Legacy was founded to bring people from diverse backgrounds together and educate youth about the world </li></ul>Born of a seed of hope; that appreciation for cultural differences would create a more peaceful world, and build a positive legacy for generations to come
<ul><li>This vision began with the Global Youth Village… </li></ul><ul><ul><li>First Called “World Community Camp” </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>1979 featured a one-week camp for 12 participants </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>It was UN’s International Year of the Child </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Participants enjoyed arts, sports, crafts, and nature </li></ul></ul>
Trust & teamwork Citizen responsibility Service Environmental Responsibility Leadership Development Dialogue and Conflict Resolution Since its inception, Legacy has been teaching participants the importance of values such as…
fasdfsadfasdfsd Yoko from Japan French Canadians and Haitians In 1980 Legacy welcomed its first international staff member… The first Japanese Toriee gate was also built that year In 1981 the first international participants arrived for a bi-lingual French/English program
In the ‘80s, a myriad of global issues compelled Legacy to expand its reach
<ul><li>In 1983: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>GYV began conflict </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>transformation training </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>& </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Welcomed its first Middle </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>East and Nigerian </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>delegations </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Just four years after its </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>founding, GYV was </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>hosting 75-80 participants </li></ul></ul>Connections were made Over the next decade, Legacy continued to work with youth and adults from Israel and Palestine Hard work ensured programs were enjoyable as well as educational Cultures were shared
MED program participants working on the Cartagena Declaration Mediterranean Internationals meeting informally to discuss environmental problems Participants at Mediterranean Youth Environment Conference <ul><li>One program of note: </li></ul><ul><li>Mediterranean Youth Environmental Program (MED, 1985) </li></ul><ul><li>Young adults from 13 Countries gather in Cartegena, Spain to write a youth declaration </li></ul>Legacy also began several initiatives focusing on environmental issues
President J.E. Rash presents Mediterranean Youth Declaration to UN Secretary-General Javier Pérez de Cuéllar (1985)
Other Environmental Initiatives include <ul><li>Virginia Growth Management Forum </li></ul><ul><li>Sister Seas Conference </li></ul><ul><li>Working Groups on Environmentally Sustainable Development </li></ul><ul><li>A dialogue intervention between executives of </li></ul><ul><li>oil companies and environmental activists </li></ul><ul><li>YES International (Youths for Environment and </li></ul><ul><li>Service) </li></ul><ul><li>Corporate Community Dialogue on the </li></ul><ul><li>Environment </li></ul>
<ul><li>Capacity building to support NGO development </li></ul><ul><li>Cultural exchange programs grew to include Russia, Central Asia, France & Costa Rica </li></ul><ul><li>Adult business and leadership training </li></ul>In the ’90s Legacy expanded its work to encompass more countries and reach a larger demographic through a wider range of initiatives: Stop gap Stop gap 2 <ul><li>Meanwhile, the Global Youth Village continued to grow: in 1991 50% of participants were international </li></ul>
<ul><li>Global Viewpoints Forum (1987-1991) </li></ul><ul><ul><li>A multi-year lecture series on interfaith understanding, regional conflicts, and environmentally sustainable development. </li></ul></ul>Samir Kafity Ahmed Kuftaro David Shipler Thomas Pickering <ul><li>Leadership Development Initiative (1991-1995) </li></ul><ul><ul><li>In the early 90’s Legacy partnered with the Archdiocese of New York City, conducted training of trainers programs for teachers and administrators, and supported the Archdiocese as it instituted the program in more than 100 schools </li></ul></ul>Featured lecturers included: Two new Initiatives were the Global Viewpoints Forum and the Leadership Development Initiative Stop gap
Promotes public diplomacy through the exchange of cultural ideas and values among participants and communities. Legacy International has conducted the program since 1994 in 11 countries: Armenia, Azerbaijan, Belarus, Georgia, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyz Republic, Moldova, Russia, Tajikistan, Turkmenistan, and Ukraine. Community Connections One of Legacy’s longest running adult training programs Over 400 participants have been hosted by more than 300 companies, organizations and families. Stop gap Stop gap 2
In the last decade the world has changed…yet many pressing issues remained the same Such as war, genocide, poverty, and environmental degradation
Legacy remains committed to one guiding principle: helping people help themselves to make their communities and our world healthy, safe, more peaceful, and equitable.
Mission <ul><li>Two main focus areas: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Leadership development </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Capacity building </li></ul></ul>Strengthening the civil society of communities in transition. Helping local citizens create increasingly cooperative and productive lives. In regions of the world, characterized by rapid transition, conflict, or instability. Stop gap
Legacy seeks out and supports individuals with a commitment to public service and a vision for their community. Legacy offers practical ways to develop skills in leadership, cross-cultural communication, and creative and critical thinking. Some of our recent programs include… dialogue and leadership training for youth and teachers from Bosnia and Herzegovina the Indonesian Youth Leadership programs programs for Iraqi youth and dialogue between religious and social leaders in the US & Indonesia Leadership Development As a result of our programs, citizens are more invested in their communities, and equity, respect, and a culture of participation become the standard.
Helping people to help themselves Many of our leadership development programs include mini-grant projects for community improvement One example; is this project in which three alumni of our Bosnia and Herzegovina program used their mini-grant to organize fellow classmates to go to an orphanage in Mostar four days a week to do recreational and social activities with the orphans
Capacity building and civic education <ul><li>Responsible Governance, Civic Education and Citizen Participation </li></ul>In addition to leadership development, Legacy provides capacity building for NGO’s, teachers, schools, government representatives, and others Legacy works directly with community members and organizations, helping them to conceive agendas for change, generate action plans for sustainable solutions, build coalitions, and gain the skills and tools needed to carry out their plans. A sample program: <ul><ul><li>This program promotes responsible governance, civic </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>education, and citizen participation in Central Asia. </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>An estimated 19,000 citizens were introduced to civic </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>education in Kazakhstan, the Kyrgyz Republic, and </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Tajikistan as a result of this two-year program. </li></ul></ul>
<ul><li>Since 1979 , Legacy has strengthened civil society and fostered a culture of participation worldwide by training and mentoring youth, professionals, government and non-government administrators, and religious and community leaders from over 110 countries on five continents . </li></ul><ul><li>Legacy has hosted over 170 training programs , conferences, and international delegations in the U.S. and in other countries. </li></ul><ul><li>An alumni network of over 7,000 youths and adults spans the globe. </li></ul><ul><li>More than 678,000 people around the globe benefit from the work of Legacy International through direct services and the initiatives created by our alumni. </li></ul>
As we move forward, we will apply our 30 years of expertise and knowledge to meet the diverse challenges of the world we live in. Now, as over the last 30 years, Legacy remains dedicated to a vision of a better world by helping local citizens address the most pressing issues in their communities.
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