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Legacy Education and Community Empowerment Foundation Inc.

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Nonprofit Overview

Causes: Children & Youth, Civil Rights, Education

Mission: Educational and charitable Our vision is an empowered youth and community-led by Change Agents who are also intergenerational and diverse servant leaders who work to build a more sustainable community. We desire sustainable and empowered servant leaders who are innovative, oriented to community and service to others, diplomatic, educated, well-rounded, ethical, and confident. Our mission is to work to promote positive developments, changes and reforms that promote community education and social justice for ALL people, especially families of historically underserved populations such as African-Americans, Bi-Racial, Hispanic/Latino Americans, Native Americans (Mississippi Band of Choctaw), Vietnamese, women, children, the elderly and other socio-economically deprived and marginalized groups.

Results: Over 5,000 empowered Legacy Change Agents that have successfully accomplished goals and given back to community.

Target demographics: community education thorugh educational enhancement and social justice. We utilize the components of teamwork, storytelling, hope, action, and service-learning.

Direct beneficiaries per year: 100 scholars (Pre-k-College), 200 families, and 13 county partnerships

Geographic areas served: East Central Mississippi in the counties of Scott, Leake, & Newton

Programs: ****Due to the global, historic, and deadly pandemic of COVID-19, our programmatic work is condensed into our Legacy Connection Program. Legacy Connection incorporates virtual and online learning with the specific programs of reading remediation and tutorial assistance with an ongoing needs assessment. Until a vaccination is discovered and available to people, we will work mainly through our Legacy Connection Program. The Legacy Connection Virtual Program 2020-2021 condenses our community education programs, until the COVID-19 pandemic is no longer a threat to human life. Legacy Connection runs from June 2020-June 2021, and is comprised of reading and literacy online classrooms, support, and remediation. The summer component ended August 7, 2020. The Legacy Connection Program will continue to provide weekly engagement with Change Agent parents and scholars. Support services consist of COVID-19 School Response Packets, homeschooling options, individualized remediation, study skills, learning assessments, reading diagnosis and assessments, goal setting, diversity appreciation, youth leadership, liaisons, and much more. As we continue to provide a safe and nurturing learning space, we await news of a cure, and vaccination for COVID-19. We keep our families in mind as COVID-19 continues to destroy our families, communities, states, and continents. We encourage people to stay at home, wash your hands, wear a mask to prevent the spread of diseases, especially COVID-19 and the FLU! We continue to be tested COVID-19 and quarantining ourselves if we show symptoms. We are grateful for our investors who have allowed us to continue distributing masks, gloves, disinfectants, and paper products to our change agent families. THANK YOU, INVESTORS!**** A. The Legacy Leadership & Literacy Program goals begin with community education. Additionally, the goals are to increase literacy and leadership by creating a nurturing environment where literacy is shared through the leadership of servant leaders and Change Agents with the implementation of leadership and survival skills of the 21st Century for all community Change Agents/families such as critical thinking, problem-solving, effective communication, networking, and innovation. Methods include scenarios and solutions, educational activities, opportunities, and field trips. This program is the foundation of the following projects: 1. The Iona Prep Tutorial and Enhancement provides literacy assistance to youth and families that allow them to be successful in daily life. 2. The Olivia Arts in partnership with Forest HeadStart supports families through early childcare educational development and artistic expression experiences. 3. Change Agents of Legacy Mentoring (C.A.L.M.) in partnership with Forest Separate and Scott County School District focuses on youth leadership development, in-school mentoring, service learning, and racial healing among African-American, Bi-racial, Caucasian, Vietnamese, and Hispanic-American youth. 4. Camp Zoning into Wildlife Education (Z.i.W.E.) in partnership with the Mississippi Department of Wildlife, Fisheries, and Parks to expose youth to survival skills of environmental science such as wildlife conservation, hunting, fishing, and camping with emphasis on safety education with the critical application. 5. Parent Engagement Project (P.E.P.) encourages and supports parents while allowing a safe space for relevant discussions, resource exchange, job skills, career choices, healthy family dynamics, and innovative ideas. 6. Save Our Youth Through Community Action (SOYTCA) leads collaboration with stakeholders which consists of concerned parents, law enforcement offices, school administrators, concerned citizens, and community organizations that join to recognize the socio-economic problems plaguing today's youth and develop innovative and viable solutions to help alleviate some of these problems. 7. Change Agents of Reading Explosion (C.A.R.E.) Summer and Spring Break Camps allows our Change Agents to make a change in themselves and the community through safe spaces that allow youth leadership development and literacy; 8. Legacy Community Education Forums in partnership with the Forest Public Library, Forest Public School District, and Scott County School District to focus on current events and promote community engagement in public discussions regarding events and issues such as bullying, LGBTQ, community and police relationships, drugs, etc. 9. Financial Scholarships and Stipends provide scholarships to high school seniors through the W.L. Slaughter Memorial Academic/Athletic Scholarship, Aura-Neely Gary Memorial Scholarship, and Theaodis Gary Sr. Memorial Scholarship. Stipends and educational supplies are provided to seniors who participate in and place in the O.K. Slaughter Memorial Essay Contest. 10. Immigration Customs Enforcement (ICE) Raids Humanitarian Assistance provided legal, social, mental, and any requested service to Change Agents impacted by the Raid. We testified for the United States Department of Homeland Security. B. The Legacy Service Learning Program begins with community education. Additional goals are to provide services that allow Change Agents to reflect on all aspects of services provided to become empowered with the skills of community and world connections, and survival/sustainability skills through various educational experiences. The program is the foundation of the following projects: 1. Holiday Nursing Home Love Project facilitates youth and nursing home residents to dialogue, bond, and enjoy gifts during holidays. 2. Love 4 Book Donation facilitates youth to donate and read books to children in various community businesses and public offices. 3. William Brown Preparing 4 Back 2 School Project provides school supplies to community youth with an emphasis on youth whose parents are either unemployed or participate in governmental subsidy programs. 4. Health is Wealth Luncheon Project encourages community residents to adapt innovative healthy lifestyles, dialogue, and analyze how to create and maintain a nurturing environment that combats diabetes, heart problems, and high blood pressure to name a few illnesses. 5. Historical Society Project allows effective cross-age communications through effective interviewing skills and presentation skills. 6. Medgar Evers Project in partnership with East Central Community College, MS Department of History and Archives, and W.K. Kellogg Foundation, Inc. engages students, teachers, and community members to participate in the research and interview processes.

Community Stories

19 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

Jeanne Middleton H.

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

The Legacy Education and Community Empowerment Foundation, Inc. delivers so much high quality programming and support to it's immediate communitiy in Forest as well as Mississippi and the southern region. The organization emphasizes the importance of story telling and passing on its rich history of public service and political action, all to build literacy skills and community involvement. These are photos of a field trip LECEF, Inc. provided its youth in partnership with the MS Department of Archives and History and the Medgar Evers Home Museum. LECEF is the best!

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

Legacy Education and Community Foundatio, Inc. is very vital to the youth and community in that it is an effective educational resource. The youth involved gain special functional life skills through reading, writing, critical thinking, creativity and communication. legacy gives our youth and community an outlet and challenges them to embrace the past, to set achievable goals and become better citizens impacting a more positive future in a global society.

Advisor

Rating: 5

They are a blessing one of the long lasting community outreach programs and so much more!!

Kiandra K.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

The founder is very passionate in what she does and is devoted to the community and helping others!

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Legacy, does so much for our community and our children. They are always giving back, educating the community and doing their part to make this world a better place. We are so lucky to have them in our community and appreciate their hard work so much! - Representative Tom Miles

Donor

Rating: 5

Legacy is a wonderful organization because it is helping to uplift our community in very beneficial ways.

Jacqualyn STAFFNEY

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Board Member

Rating: 5

Legacy is a wonderful community resource. It has proven that it has the adaptability to survive by continually adjusting to community needs.

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leacef 10/25/2020

Thank you for your rating and compliment. Please do not hesitate to contact us if we may be of any assistance to you.

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Donor

Rating: 5

Being a donor to this Foundation is truly a blessing. This Foundation encourages educational enrichment to both families & students in their communities. Various educational training & instructional camps are provided to aid in creating innovative community educational opportunities. Youth & adults working together can only lead to a productive & innovative community.

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leacef 10/25/2020

Thank you for your investment in our nonprofit. We thank investors for allowing us to continue to operate, especially during this COVID-19 Pandemic.

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leacef 10/25/2020

Thank you so much for your investment and consideration. Many nonprofits have closed during this historic pandemic. We are fortunate to have investors who allow our work to continue to empower the community.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

The staff is great and they really care about the well being of the kids as well as the community. My daughter has been a part of this non profit organization and she loves it . They offer programs for the kids during and after school as well as donate to the community. If there's anything that you and your family needs they are there to help .

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leacef 10/25/2020

Thank you for your participation and support. Your child is a pleasure to work with and brings so much fun to our work. Without parental support and reinforcement, our work could not succeed. We appreciate you and your daughter.

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Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

These Change Agents are smart, intelligent, innovative, and leaders. Great nonprofit!

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leacef 10/25/2020

Thank you for the time to compliment us with your opinion. Feel free to contact us if we may be of any assistance.

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Board Member

Rating: 5

This nonprofit organization is a powerful inspiration that is leading the way for our children!

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leacef 10/25/2020

Thank you for your time and dedication to our Legacy team. Let us know if we may be of any assistance to you . We appreciate you.

12 Tanaesia H.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Being apart of the Legacy family has allowed to me participate in helping change and educate the lives of children. I have also been able to receive community service hours. The communication skills of this organization are great! I recommend becoming a part of the Legacy Family!

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leacef 10/24/2020

Thank you for your community service. It is our pleasure to work with college leaders who provide innovative ideas to our team of family. Best wishes in your endeavors and do forget about us.

13 Jaburwel

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Legacy is fully committed to the empowerment of our beloved community. Daily, the founders, staff, Board members and Change Agents unselfishly provide invaluable services. This Foundation and the work that they do are truly a shining light and set a great example for us all to aspire to.

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leacef 10/24/2020

Thank you for your honest comment and your 9 year financial investment.

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Board Member

Rating: 5

My name is Stephanie Rhodes and I have been associated with Legacy since 2012. In that year, the founder Constance Slaughter-Harvey asked me to interview those who have made significant contributions to the community for the African-American Historical Society. Since then, I have interviewed several history-makers and I learned a great deal about the background of Morton, Mississippi. While I am fortunate to be a part of this organization, the greatest award is the idea that young people will benefit from the hard work and ground-breaking accomplishments of the interviewees.

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leacef 10/24/2020

Dr. Rhodes, Thank you for your outstanding commitment to the African-American Historical Society of Scott County and the Board of Directors (as Secretary). You have single handedly conducted extensive interviews of historical storytelling and we are indebted to you for you service.

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Board Member

Rating: 5

They’re really supportive and have taught me a lot.

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leacef 10/24/2020

Thanks Bre’. You have been with us for 5 years and we are proud to grow with you as you mature into an amazing Change Agent and leader. Thanks for all that you do In school and in the program. We are grateful to you for allowing us to be a positive part of your life.

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Rating: 5

Relevant, generous, and professional community education and educational enhancement nonprofit.

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leacef 10/24/2020

Thank you very much for you compliment. We appreciate your investment. Please do not hesitate to contact us if we may be of any assistance to you.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

We have enjoyed working with diverse community youth and seasoned leaders to ensure our community is enhanced educationally and prepared for life's challenges. We are a supportive, nurturing, knowledgeable, and committed team of dedicated Legacy Change Agents

We understand that we have an obligation to ensure this world is a better place for our offspring to live and thrive. Our leadership team consists of 100 Legacy Change Agents who volunteer our time to show the importance of community education, teamwork, and community empowerment.

Legacy Change Agents consist of nationwide investors, great-grandparents, grandparents, parents, guardians, aunts, uncles, cousins, youth, friends, professionals, for-profits, nonprofits, and elected officials. Legacy Change Agent Scholars range from ages 1-25 and include grades Pre-K through colleges (Mainly scholars from Tougaloo College, Jackson State University, East Central Community College, Belhaven University, University of Southern Mississippi, University of Mississippi, West Virginia University at Parkersburg, and other colleges and universities) .

Learning never goes out of style at Legacy! #learningnevergoesoutofstyleatlegacy
Check out our work by following us on social media: @leacef for Twitter and Instagram and Legacy Education and Community Empowerment Foundation, Inc. on Facebook. Check out our website at www.leacef.com.

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leacef 10/24/2020

Thank you for your time. We know you have a choice and we are grateful that you share your time with us.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

Legacy Education is not for some people, it's for all people! Teaching,caring and sharing is only a fraction of what they are about! In order to find out more, get involved, ask question.My experience has been to deal with great people who I consider my extended family because of the love and bond we have shared over the years!

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leacef 10/24/2020

Many thanks for your active and consistent volunteer service for over 20 years. Thank you.

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Client Served

Rating: 5

L.E.A.C.E.F. has provided fun and healthy community services that have given community members a fresh outlook on life. L.E.A.C.E.F. lifts up the past, works for the present and plans for the future. L.E.A.C.E.F.'s services include cross-age collaboration, historical interviews, field trips, tutoring services, parent engagement events, Girl Scouting, yard sales and various resources on educational and health services. L.E.A.C.E.F. shows a genuine commitment to learning from the community by working with the community. I really appreciate the courage and the 30 year legacy to remain focused on empowering our community, one child at a time.

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leacef 10/24/2020

We appreciate your comment. We do the best that we can as a team of Legacy Change Agents.