The Global Youth Village started 39 years ago, with a need and a dream.  A group of parents noticed their kids had never met anyone from a different country or culture, something they knew was important for young people growing up in a quickly “globalizing” world.  They dreamed of a way to bring together young people from around the world to live and learn PageLines-29325705100_7e218db562_k.jpgalongside one another.

With the leadership of J.E. Rash, Founder of Legacy International, and a community of volunteers, these parents built the Global Youth Village during the particularly hot summer of 1979.  That summer hosted just nine young people.  Over the following four decades, with the support of dedicated alumni and numerous national and international funding agencies, the Global Youth Village has brought together over 5,000 youth from 105 different countries.

In recent years, GYV expanded its program, partnering with the US Department of State to train 400 teen leaders in Iraq and 300 from Indonesia in leadership and project planning.  We have also adapted our LivingSidebySide® curriculum to build tolerance in ethnically diverse public schools in Kyrgyzstan.

Learn more about  Our Staff

Read a Letter from Our Founder

A special “Thank You” to all Our Partners

The Global Youth Village is program of Legacy International, a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization with the mission of generating citizen participation worldwide.  Legacy has special consultative status with the UNESCO council and is accredited by the American Camp Association.  Legacy does not discriminate in its membership, admissions, employment and procedures. 

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To learn more about Legacy’s other youth leadership, conflict resolution and professional development programs, visit www.legacyintl.org