Building Social Cohesion – GYV 2019 Session B

“I have the audacity to believe that peoples everywhere can have three meals a day for their bodies, education and culture of their minds, and dignity, equality, and freedom for their spirits.” Martin Luther King Junior

In 2017 and 2018 , Legacy International received grants from the U.S. Embassy London to conduct a two-week study tour for high school and university students from the United Kingdom.  In Session B  2019, we bring that emphasis to the Global Youth Village.  

Social inclusion is the process of an individual’s self-actualization within a society, acceptance and recognition of one’s potential by social institutions, and integration through study, employment, volunteer work, or other forms of civic participation. Social integration is of particular importance at the transition to adulthood for those who may come from disadvantaged backgrounds or live in precarious conditions, and for those who aspire to take on positive leadership roles and advocate for others. Thus, achieving social inclusion often involves breaking personal and social barriers. Often teens are dismissed because they lack the skills needed to build coalitions and realistic campaigns to address inequalities.  At the Global Youth Village Session B 2019, young leaders will gain  tools to build inclusion, tolerance, community cohesion, and social justice.  The program unites and strengthens a network of youth practitioners who are working diligently for positive social change.


We will focus on a variety of issues including disability inclusion, minority inclusion, diversity in political representation, combating gender bias, preventing hate crimes and social division, engaging youth in social change, homelessness, LGBTQ inclusion, education reform, health, and the environment.


As part of the program, they develop leadership and dialogue skills through Legacy International’s LivingSidebySide® curriculum focusing on dialogue and mediation skills, intercultural communication, and conflict resolution methods. They will also visit local organizations focussing on social cohesion such as 



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