Presenting Legacy International: An NGO Dedicated to Conflict Resolution, Peace-Building and Intercultural Exchanges for a Better Tomorrow

We have designed special leadership and tolerance training modules with include their own curricula. Legacy’s Leadership Curriculum has been implemented in 84 NYC schools. Side by Side?, our tolerance curriculum, is available both in English and Russian, and was used in Perm, Russia. In addition, Legacy staff consult and/or design trainings and training programs in areas such as NGO management, women’s issues, civic education, religious tolerance and extremism, Islam and Democracy, conflict prevention, leadership training, and environment.

Please tell us about LINC program:
LINC – Youth Voices in Democracy, Indonesia and U.S. is an exchange program between Indonesian and U.S. high school students ages 15-17. The program is funded and fully supported by the US Department of State. The students will spend 3 weeks in Virginia during the summer of 2006 developing cross-cultural communication skills, and then travel to Indonesia for 3 weeks during the Winter 2006-2007.

Information about Religion, Human Rights & Democracy: Peer Interactions Between Religious & Civic Leaders In The U.S. And Kazakhstan

The U.S. Based Program

Ten Kazakh delegates representing various sectors (religious, civic, and non-profit) from the southern Kazakh and Zhambyl regions traveled to the U.S. for a training program in Washington DC, Baltimore, New York City and small towns and rural regions in southern Virginia. They experienced team building, sharing their common interests, and observed US models and concepts that could most appropriately be transferred to their communities. The results have been both exciting and inspiring. Following are brief reports on some of the work completed by participants in the program.

Follow-up from the U.S Based Program (TIC)
Svetlana Beissova, Executive Director of the Taraz Initiative Centre, worked closely with Sergui Kislov and Varvara Naidenova, also alumni. Sergui works in local government and is responsible for 22 cultural groups. Varvara’s NGO trains women in skills that can generate income for them.

Inspired by what they had seen in Goodwill in Roanoke, VA, they approached an NGO in Taraz that represents handicapped persons about the concept of setting up a Goodwill organization. In June 2005, TIC undertook the venture itself, involving women who were unemployed. They found a room, and put an announcement in the paper. They solicited and received donations from two political parties to place more newspaper ads, and handed out and posted flyers.

U.S. Delegation to Southern Kazakhstan
In Shymkent, six U.S. representatives visited the offices of the Women’s Business Association (Legacy’s partner in Kazakhstan) and Bereke, an NGO that works with USAID on several community development projects.

What is the Global Youth Village?
The Global Youth Village is a summer leadership program for youths ages 13 – 18. For 27 years, the Global Youth Village has been empowering young people to achieve their personal best. Program activities help participants discover a common ground for understanding people of diverse cultures and backgrounds, thus encouraging core human values such as peace, justice, tolerance, ethics, service, and equity.

Each summer, youths from many backgrounds, cultures, and countries have the opportunity to delve into a wide range of topics and explore the customs, traditions, joys, and hardships of their peers around the world. They develop confidence and an expansive world view which stays with them for life.

We provide critical leadership and cross-cultural training to students who will, in turn, bring these skills back into their community. Over the course of nearly three decades, more than 2000 young people from 95 countries have participated in our unique summer training program.

What are Legacy’s plans?
Legacy will continue to offer quality educational programs throughout the world, helping communities and people build a better tomorrow for themselves and their societies.

Thank you, Mary, for introducing your organization to us. We wish you the best of luck for your current and future programs.

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