The Global Youth Village is Legacy International’s flagship youth summer program and has been training young people to become true global citizens for 40 years. Fifty percent of our participants come from the U.S., which also sees divided communities where vulnerable teenagers can succumb to feelings of hopelessness, disillusionment, and disenfranchisement. We partner with local organizations to serve young leaders who want to build cohesive communities. The Global Youth Village (GYV) engages teens ages 13-19 in a unique cross-cultural experience at Legacy’s program campus in rural Bedford, Virginia. There are 50-60 young people per session.
The Global Youth Village is an important first step for engaging young leaders in a lifetime role as community builders. Alumni have gone on to become innovators starting small businesses and employing friends and family, public health officials bringing good hygiene practices to rural communities, educators offering literacy training, social media experts combating on-line bullying, fair housing advocates bringing together stakeholders to build new housing, and doctors working for Operation Smile. The message all GYV alumni carry is to live a life with purpose and respect for others based on universal values.
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