Legacy International

aka Legacy International   |   Bedford, VA   |  www.legacyintl.org

Mission

A pioneer in leadership development, Legacy International equips emerging leaders to transform their values and vision into sustainable success.

Ruling year info

1980

Founder and President

J.E. Rash

Main address

1020 Legacy Dr

Bedford, VA 24523 USA

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EIN

51-0249070

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Alliance/Advocacy Organizations (B01)

Nonprofit Management (S50)

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Programs and results

What we aim to solve

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Legacy International equips emerging leaders to transform their values and vision into sustainable success.

Our programs

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What are the organization's current programs, how do they measure success, and who do the programs serve?

Professional Fellows Program North Africa - NGO Development

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.

Since 2010 Legacy International has hosted more than 225
Professional Fellows from the countries of Algeria, Egypt, Lebanon,
Libya, Kuwait, Morocco, Tunisia and Oman.

Population(s) Served
Adults

TechGirls is an international summer exchange program designed to empower and inspire young women from the United States, Central Asia, and the Middle East and North Africa to pursue careers in science and technology. The centerpiece of the program is a weeklong technology camp that provides participants with an in-depth examination of technology-related topics, such as coding and cyber security and engages them in 45+ hours of hands-on instruction. The camp is complemented by additional activities such as site visits to technology companies, leadership clinics, community service opportunities, job shadowing, and cultural events. As part of program follow-on, the TechGirls implement at least one peer training program or service project within their schools and/or communities. This is a program of the U.S. Department of State, administered by Legacy International.

Population(s) Served
Adolescents

The Global Youth Village offers teen summer programs that focus on intercultural communication and community action. Morning workshops focus on living your life as a peace builder, on living your life as a social innovator and on living your life as a global citizen. The youth delve into topics and explore customs, traditions and hardships of their peers around the world. Participants develop a deeper sense of self-confidence and an expansive world view which stays with them for life.

Population(s) Served
Adolescents

Legacy International offers training experiences that foster inter-ethnic, racial, and religious understanding among youths and young adults facing troubled circumstances — in the US or abroad. Legacy’s peace-building model has found great success training leaders experiencing inter-ethnic tensions or recent strife.

Developed and tested over three decades, LivingSidebySide® features complete manuals for facilitators, worksheets for participants, and custom training and certification services. The program has been implemented with mixed populations in the US, and with Israelis and Palestinians, Northern Irish Protestants and Catholics, various Nigerian groups, and Croats, Muslims, and Serbs from Bosnia and Herzegovina.

Population(s) Served
Adults

Now in its 6th year, SYLEP is a multi-phased leadership experience for Saudi university students or recently graduated students between the ages of 21-26 and U.S. Cultural Ambassadors (rising undergraduate seniors, graduate students and recent graduates). SYLEP seeks to build leadership skills, civic responsibility, appreciation for cultural diversity, community engagement, and volunteerism.

Population(s) Served
Adults

Young people worldwide are in need of tools to build inclusion, tolerance, community cohesion, and social justice. Building a network of youth practitioners who support and augment each other’s work at the local level unifies those working diligently for positive social change in challenging settings. The exposure of European youths to diverse communities in the U.S. provides a holistic view of social cohesion, inclusion practices, and a wide array of interventions practiced here. U.S. organizations and individuals actively building community cohesion campaigns, creating models of economic and social justice programs, countering hate crimes, violence and discrimination offer the young leaders new insights, methods and resources to address issues in their home communities.

Population(s) Served
Adults

The Youth Leadership Program (YLP) On Demand is a unique program created to serve the U.S. Embassies’ emerging needs. The program supports high school youth and adult educators’ participation in intensive, substantive three-week exchanges in the United States.

The exchange activities introduce participants to a comprehensive survey of civic education, community service, and youth leadership development. The students and educators participate in workshops, community service activities, meetings with community leaders, discussion groups, and opportunities for substantive interaction with each other and their American peers.

Population(s) Served
Adolescents

Where we work

Accreditations

American Camping Association (ACA) - Accreditation 2017

Affiliations & memberships

Independent Charities of America 2000

Combined Federal Campaign

Goals & Strategy

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

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Charting impact

Four powerful questions that require reflection about what really matters - results.

We train and mentor community leaders, youth, professionals, and governmental and non-governmental administrators, helping them to develop and implement practical, community-based solutions to critical issues.

Community by community, we strive to leave a lasting Legacy of:

Increased and sustainable citizen participation in local problem solving
Increased capacity in non-governmental organizations
Increased cross-sectoral collaboration
More constructive options and opportunities for the next generation
New vision and skill among community leaders
Hope, tolerance, and community engagement.

Our projects have spanned 5 continents and gives us a strong understanding of social, cultural, and religious differences, and the ability to adapt program models to various cultural contexts. We have extensive experience working with populations experiencing conflict and rapid transitions.

Signature Methods:

Developed over thirty years, our successful programs provide civic education, capacity building, peacebuilding, and leadership development to communities around the world. In each of our programs we do the following things:

* Design and deliver customized 3-4 week training programs in the U.S. and other countries.
* Create a "learning community" among diverse groups of people united for a specific purpose.
* Build common ground based on universally-accepted values.
* Frame training around best-of-class models.
* Provide perspectives and resources from teams of experts.
* Offer small grants and mentoring from teams of experts.

Founded in 1979, as the Institute for Practical Idealism and later known as Legacy International was inspired by J.E. Rash’s vision. Helping people develop and refine the skills to effectively and sustainably address the needs of their societies in a way conducive to their local circumstances requires an emphasis on building long-lasting relationships around shared universal values.

Our work has spanned 105 countries and impacted over 700,000 people.

Building cooperative and productive lives through:

cross-cultural training
conflict prevention and resolution
Social entrepreneurship
curriculum development
educator/ pedagogical programs
student to student programming [holding the earth]

Our work touches many lives:

We engage emerging leaders worldwide
Our participants return home with the skills to be energetic yet practical change-agents with new vision.
We have partnered on five continents, and have worked with individuals from more than 100 countries.
We have equipped organizations to work more effectively in a wide range of initiatives.
We have hosted 120 delegations in the U.S. and in other countries-and have helped participants to gain new tools and perspectives.
We have organized more than a dozen international training and conference events.

Since 1979 , 10,000 alumni in 105 countries have impacted over 700,000 others through community projects.

Legacy International's alumni network features key change agents across the globe making differences that lead to social impact - job creation, better social services, and improved methods for engaging youth populations in volunteerism and positive civic engagement. Since its beginning in 1979, Legacy International has established Teams of Excellence ™ (subject matter experts who act as trainers, mentors, and fellowship hosts), and has a long track record of selecting strong US speakers and trainers who work directly with and provide professional development to foreign nationals in the U.S. and other nations.

Projects with community leaders, youth, and professionals have been completed in over 110 countries on five continents. In addition, our Global Transformation Corps (GTC) professional development programs have trained and supported more than 500 emerging leaders and entrepreneurs globally in executing local, sustainable social and business ventures.

During the COVID19 pandemic, Legacy International has adapted to virtual programming, offering weekly Global Viewpoint Forums online to over 300 participants, and conducting large portions of other programs such as TechGirls online. In addition, the Global Youth Village was offered virtually for no charge to more than 80 participants worldwide.

Financials

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Legacy International

Board of directors
as of 3/3/2021
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
Board chair

Philip Louer

Entrepreneur and President, North American Gem Carvers

Carol Armel

Judith Larson

Ed Stern

Anne Elise Thomas, Ph.D.

Shanti Thompson

Khaled Hassouna, Ph.D

Virginia Tech

Mahavir (Robert) Homsy, Ph.D.

Organizational demographics

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