Legacy School Inc

Let's break the cycle.

aka Listen to Kids   |   New Orleans, LA   |

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Legacy School Inc

EIN: 81-1897908


We tackle child abuse & its repercussions in the communities of and surrounding New Orleans, LA by promoting awareness, prevention, and treatment. Meeting physical and mental needs is the first step in treating child abuse, so we provide food, clothing, physical hygiene, mental hygiene, counseling, and other trauma treatments.

Notes from the nonprofit

This organization grew out of my personal healing from child abuse, later in life. In my 40s, lost childhood memories of abuse resurfaced & forced me to take notice. Suddenly, I was overcome with CPTSD in ways that my body had been suppressing for decades. They say that your body brings the memories back when you're in a more resilient, perhaps stable, state. I suppose. All of my efforts were focused to my own survival for a while. But as a former educator, I soon experienced the compulsion to share what I'd learned with others in similar situations. In 2018, I was so overwhelmed by CPTSD that I couldn't teach or offer anyone individual encouragement. So I went to our local Child Advocacy Center & asked what the teenagers there needed. The immediate response was new clothing. When a teen needs a rape kit, they take the clothes for evidence. Usually, the teen goes home after the forensic examination in a hospital gown. I found that unacceptable, and LTK was born.

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Founder & President

Michelle Scandurro

Main address

607 Saint Charles Ave

New Orleans, LA 70130 USA

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Subject area info


Child abuse

Child advocacy

Community and economic development

Children's rights

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Population served info

Children and youth


Economically disadvantaged people

At-risk youth

Victims of crime and abuse

NTEE code info

Nonmonetary Support N.E.C. (B19)

IRS subsection

501(c)(3) Public Charity

IRS filing requirement

This organization is required to file an IRS Form 990-N.

Tax forms

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Programs and results

What we aim to solve

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

Child abuse (which includes neglect) is a public health crisis. It's been estimated that one in FOUR girls and one in SIX boys experiences sexual assault before they turn 18. There are more sexual assault victims under 18 years old than over 18. One in ten people in the United States have experienced at least three Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACEs) before their 18th birthday. Untreated, an ACE "score" of 3 or above leads to chronic and life-threatening health & relationship disorders, including addiction, depression, suicidal thoughts, homelessness, anxiety, heart disease, cancer, chronic fatigue, chronic pain. In addition, unprocessed child abuse can often lead to criminal behavior and abuse of others later in life. As we know, hurt people often hurt people. But Listen to Kids's message is that HEALING IS POSSIBLE. Through prevention, early intervention, and simply starting the conversation about child abuse and its repercussions, we CAN break the cycle of abuse.

Our programs

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

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

Counseling Scholarship

Through referrals from local Child Advocacy Centers, nonprofits, churches, schools, and hospitals, Listen to Kids will find a private, appropriately trained adolescent trauma counselor for children who have survived child abuse or other acute trauma. Once we've paired a scholarship client with a counselor and the caregiver/parent approves, Listen to Kids arranges full payment directly with the counselor.

If the relationship between the child client and the counselor is productive, Listen to Kids may fund counseling for over a year, depending on our budget. Research has overwhelmingly shown that early intervention for the PTSD resulting from child abuse can set a person up for a physically and mentally healthier life. Unaddressed child abuse often results in addiction, suicidal ideation, criminal behavior, homelessness, and chronic physical illnesses such as cancer and heart disease later in life.

Population(s) Served
Non-adult children
Children and youth
Economically disadvantaged people
At-risk youth
Victims of crime and abuse

Through our partnerships with local Child Advocacy Centers, schools, churches, and government agencies, we are able to provide physical needs to children who are in crisis. We have provided clothing, food, hygiene products (like tampons, diapers, shampoo and soap), as well as toys, art supplies, handwritten notes of encouragement, and funding for positive experiences that can help kids heal and develop a voice.

Population(s) Served
At-risk youth
Children and youth
Victims of crime and abuse
Economically disadvantaged people

Each year, Listen to Kids observes April as National Child Abuse Prevention Month by distributing pinwheels and literature about child abuse awareness and prevention. Each April we intend to offer a free presentation with Homeland Security for parents, educators & teens about local child trafficking and how to protect our kids. Throughout the year, we offer awareness and prevention materials at various community events.

Population(s) Served

Whenever our budget allows, it's important to Listen to Kids to strengthen the adolescent mental health community in New Orleans. Since Katrina, funding for mental health care programming for children has been drastically reduced. Our Child Advocacy Centers often have wait lists for their clients to receive the prescribed counseling, and the New Orleans area has too few Licensed Professional Counselors (LPCs) who are certified to work with PTSD in children. We fund workshop attendance for local LPCs in the areas of trauma and adolescent therapies, such as play therapy, SITT, and TBRI.

Population(s) Served
Children and youth
Economically disadvantaged people
Victims of crime and abuse
At-risk youth
Children and youth
Economically disadvantaged people
Victims of crime and abuse
At-risk youth
Children and youth
Economically disadvantaged people
Victims of crime and abuse
At-risk youth

Where we work

Goals & Strategy

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

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Charting impact

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

* increase awareness of child abuse and its repercussions
* offer child abuse prevention strategies to educators, caregivers, family members, and neighbors
* strengthen the adolescent mental health community in New Orleans & surrounding areas
* make effective PTSD treatments available to kids & families in New Orleans through our Counseling Scholarship and meditation/yoga offerings

How we listen

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

Seeking feedback from people served makes programs more responsive and effective. Here’s how this organization is listening.

done We shared information about our current feedback practices.
  • How is your organization using feedback from the people you serve?

    To identify and remedy poor client service experiences, To identify bright spots and enhance positive service experiences, To make fundamental changes to our programs and/or operations, To inform the development of new programs/projects, To identify where we are less inclusive or equitable across demographic groups, To strengthen relationships with the people we serve, To understand people's needs and how we can help them achieve their goals

  • Which of the following feedback practices does your organization routinely carry out?

    We collect feedback from the people we serve at least annually, We aim to collect feedback from as many people we serve as possible, We take steps to ensure people feel comfortable being honest with us, We look for patterns in feedback based on demographics (e.g., race, age, gender, etc.), We look for patterns in feedback based on people’s interactions with us (e.g., site, frequency of service, etc.), We engage the people who provide feedback in looking for ways we can improve in response, We act on the feedback we receive, We tell the people who gave us feedback how we acted on their feedback

  • What challenges does the organization face when collecting feedback?

    It is difficult to get the people we serve to respond to requests for feedback, Staff find it hard to prioritize feedback collection and review due to lack of time, It is difficult to get honest feedback from the people we serve, Due to the nature of our services (providing counseling), there can be trust issues.


Legacy School Inc

Financial data

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

Legacy School Inc

Revenue & expenses

Fiscal Year: 2022

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

Contributions, Grants, Gifts $33,492
Program Services $0
Membership Dues $0
Special Events $0
Other Revenue $0
Total Revenue $33,492
Program Services $24,578
Administration $5,098
Fundraising $0
Payments to Affiliates $0
Other Expenses $0
Total Expenses $29,676

Legacy School Inc

Balance sheet

Fiscal Year: 2022

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

Total Assets $0
Total Liabilities $0
Fund balance (EOY)
Net Assets $0


The people, governance practices, and partners that make the organization tick.

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Founder & President

Michelle Scandurro

Michelle worked in high schools as an English teacher and Principal for fourteen years. When her own memories of childhood trauma resurfaced, she had to step away from the career she loved to take care of herself. Her journey from confusing flashbacks, to a diagnosis of PTSD from child abuse, to healing led Michelle to partner with her local Child Advocacy Center as a donor. At first, she privately gave new clothing for teenaged sexual assault survivors. After a while, friends and others wanted to help, so she created Listen to Kids. Her skills as an educator and administrator helped launch this local nonprofit, which has expanded into providing Counseling Scholarships for local kids who've survived child abuse. In New Orleans, mental healthcare for children is maxed out, with many children on waiting lists to receive quality trauma counseling. Listen to Kids can often get a child placed with a counselor within a few weeks.

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Legacy School Inc

Board of directors
as of 10/27/2023
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
Board of directors data
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Board chair

Michelle Scandurro

Dewey Scandurro

Scandurry & Layrisson

Mary Bond Kulp

St. Martin's Episcopal School

Board leadership practices

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

GuideStar worked with BoardSource, the national leader in nonprofit board leadership and governance, to create this section.

  • Board orientation and education
    Does the board conduct a formal orientation for new board members and require all board members to sign a written agreement regarding their roles, responsibilities, and expectations? Yes
  • CEO oversight
    Has the board conducted a formal, written assessment of the chief executive within the past year ? No
  • Ethics and transparency
    Have the board and senior staff reviewed the conflict-of-interest policy and completed and signed disclosure statements in the past year? Yes
  • Board composition
    Does the board ensure an inclusive board member recruitment process that results in diversity of thought and leadership? Yes
  • Board performance
    Has the board conducted a formal, written self-assessment of its performance within the past three years? Not applicable

Organizational demographics

SOURCE: Self-reported; last updated 10/23/2023

Who works and leads organizations that serve our diverse communities? Candid partnered with CHANGE Philanthropy on this demographic section.


The organization's leader identifies as:

Race & ethnicity
Gender identity
Female, Not transgender
Sexual orientation
Heterosexual or Straight
Disability status
Person without a disability

Race & ethnicity

Gender identity

Transgender Identity

Sexual orientation


Equity strategies

Last updated: 10/23/2023

GuideStar partnered with Equity in the Center - an organization that works to shift mindsets, practices, and systems to increase racial equity - to create this section. Learn more

Policies and processes
  • We seek individuals from various race backgrounds for board and executive director/CEO positions within our organization.
  • We help senior leadership understand how to be inclusive leaders with learning approaches that emphasize reflection, iteration, and adaptability.