Running 50k to Build a Legacy with Global Youth Village

Running 50k to Build a Legacy with Global Youth Village image


raised towards $7,000 goal




Fundraising for Global Youth Village's Scholarship Fund

My sister (Amy Passauer) and I are finally getting back to putting our running shoes to good use! We are excited to announce we will be running in the High Bridge Ultra 50 km (31 miles) race on October 9, 2021. For those of you who don't know me, my name is Leah Passauer. I am an avid runner and have had the opportunity to run marathons and a 50k in countries like China, Madagascar, Burundi, the UK all while fundraising for causes I believe in. I am thrilled to share that I will be fundraising for an incredible program: The Global Youth Village (GYV), run by Legacy International.

I was first inspired to fundraise for the Global Youth Village Scholarship fund after recommending 10 students from Burundi and Vietnam for scholarships and hearing how excited they are to participate virtually from their homes. I want to ensure that even more students are able to receive scholarships to participate in person next year! In running the 50k I hope to provide opportunities for students globally to build connections, exchange ideas, and develop their leadership skills.

One of my favorite stories I have read about a GYV alumni is focused on Nguyen Vu. When Nguyen Vu was 13, he was a refugee from Vietnam living in the US. he had seen horrible things and did not feel confident. After one summer at the Global Youth Village, he believed that he could change the world by being his best self. He studied hard, made his friends think about the words they chose to say, and the actions they took to help others. He is now a renowned Pediatric cardiologist in Chicago and has trained doctors in Vietnam in life-saving techniques.

There are over 5000 GYV alumni with similar stories. One summer in a teen's life is an investment in the future.

Help us create a legacy of peace, a legacy of change, a legacy of service, a legacy of leadership, a legacy of success, a legacy of understanding.

What is Global Youth Village?

Every summer since 1979, young people ages 15-19 and staff from more than 15 countries have gathered in Bedford Virginia to form a living working model of the global community. Here in a traditional summer camp setting, lifelong friendships are formed based on respect as a standard of human interaction. At GYV, we see young people as integral players and we provide hands-on leadership training so they can build a future full of hope, creativity, and sustainability. In this unique setting, youths meet changemakers addressing pressing global topics and focus on generating solutions and personal commitments. The Global Youth Village is a project of Legacy International, a 501(c)3 non-profit organization with special consultative status with the UN ECOSOC council. It is accredited by the American Camping Association.

Annual operating expenses: $250,000

U.S. Teen full scholarship: $1,800

International Teens Scholarship which includes 21 days in the U.S. attending GYV and a Washington DC tour: $3,750

DONATING BY CHECK: Make check payable to Legacy International Attn: Susan Brock 1020 Legacy Dr. Bedford VA 24523

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