In its 35 years, Legacy’s youth programs like the Global Youth Village, have provided training and hope at critical moments in history.  We have hosted youths from over 100 countries. Program support comes from foundations, individuals, corporations and the U.S. Department of State.

References from past participants and their parents are available, please contact Jen Lewis by email or by phone at 540-871-0882.

  • 1979 – Global Youth Village Launched!
  • 1983-1990 – Dialogue Initiatives -involving Israeli, Palestinian, Lebanese, Cambodian, Vietnamese and Northern Irish youths
  • 1987 – Mediterranean Youth Conference -youths from 11 countries work together to solve environmental problems. Youths For Environment and Service is started.
  • 1991-2000  Open Society Institute sponsored by The Soros Foundation -Following break up of Soviet Union, 175 youths from Central Asia and Balkans attend GYV
  • 1993-1995  Leadership Curriculum - implemented in 53 New York City diocesan schools and public schools
  • 1996-2000  Merrill Lynch Scholarship Builders program sponsors youths to GYV
  • 2001 – Tolerance training for Georgian and Abkhazian children - post civil war supported by the Academy for Educational Development
  • 2003-2005   Youth Leadership Training for Bosnia-Herzegovina sponsored by U.S. Department of State
  • 2004-present   Indonesia-U.S. Youth Leadership Programs – Indonesia sponsored by U.S. Department of State
  • 2007-present   Iraqi Youth Leadership Exchange Program sponsored by U.S. Department of State
  • 2012-present   TechGirls  an initiative of the U.S. Department of State for 27 girls from 9 Middle East and North African nations.

American Camp Association GYV is accredited by the American Camp Association.

Legacy International offers additional youth initiatives each year