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Global Laughs: April Fool’s Day Around the World

Global Laughs: April Fool's Day Around the World

Laughter is an international language!  Known as April Fool’s Day in the United States, many cultures and countries celebrate the springtime with laughter, jokes and pranks. Here’s a few examples:   April Fish – In Italy, France, Belgium, and French-speaking areas of Switzerland and Canada, April 1 tradition is often known as “April fish” (poisson…

Sport and Peace: a perfect pair

Sport and Peace: a perfect pair

For decades sport has been recognized as a way to build peace and cooperation among diverse people (that is why the Olympic Games began). Recognizing the value of sport in developing peace, the United Nations has marked April 6th as International Day of Sport for the Development of Peace. At the Global Youth Village, we…

Are Leaders Born or Made? small steps for teens

Are Leaders Born or Made? small steps for teens

Are certain people destined to be leaders?  Or can anyone become a great leader? The answer is yes, both.  There are a small number people born with the skills needed for great leadership, just like there are rare musicians born with perfect pitch.  But most people are born with one or two small leadership skills…

James McCray, Young Global Scholar and Environmental Activist Contributes to a Greater Cause

James McCray, Young Global Scholar and Environmental Activist Contributes to a Greater Cause

James McCray (GYV ’12)  has a been up to big things since attending the Global Youth Village – traveling to Indonesia, organizing an environmental activism project, attending a youth training at Yale and petitioning his school board to increase global education in his school’s curriculum. James attributes his “drive to contribute all of [his] abilities…

Social Media, Teens and Leadership: a new conversation

Social Media, Teens and Leadership: a new conversation

When people talk about teens and social media, most of the conversation is about “is social media good or bad for teens?”, “how to protect young people on social media” and other questions that are full of fear. Youth leadership groups and conferences are starting to talk about social media, but many of these conversations…

Pledges for the Future of Iraq

Pledges for the Future of Iraq

A few weeks ago, a group of young Iraqi leaders gathered in Northern Iraq for the Iraqi Young Leaders Exchange Program.  The students reported on progress they were making on service projects, learned about volunteers projects in various cities in Iraq, set 5 year goals for themselves and reunited with friends they hadn’t seen in…

Tomorrow’s Today’s Global Leader: Zainab in Bolivia and the United Nations

<span style="text-decoration: line-through;">Tomorrow's</span> Today's Global Leader: Zainab in Bolivia and the United Nations

I found this quote on Zainab’s facebook wall the other day: “When people say ‘the youth are the leaders of tomorrow,’ that implies not yet. You are not the leaders of tomorrow, you are the leaders of today!  As in, right now!  Get on your tail fins and start pursuing your passions. Go chase what…

Leading with Courage: three Iraqi teens apply leadership training to serve in Baghdad

Leading with Courage: three Iraqi teens apply leadership training to serve in Baghdad

  Sometimes doing the right thing is hard.  We might be scared of getting hurt, we may lack the confidence to try new things, we might believe we are too small and insignificant to really make a difference.  A group of three Iraqi students, alumni of Legacy International’s Global Youth Village, didn’t let fear get in…

Create Change with Art

Create Change with Art

Peter Seeger, an American singer and activist died on January 27.  Pete was an example of someone who used art as a way to create the change he wished to see in the world.  The famous American civil rights song “We Shall Overcome”, which was sung by the Freedom Riders, can be traced back to…

Let’s Talk Values

Let's Talk Values

I’m not talking about values in algebra, and I’m not talking about a conversation with your grandma about her antique figurines ($) she shows off in her living room.  “Values” is a term showing up these days in conversations about leadership, business and government. The phrase “core values” is gaining popularity, thanks to companies and…

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