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Legacy Youth Institute - Graduation Banquet

 Legacy Youth Institute class of 2015 present initiatives at graduation banquet

Branson, MO – April 9, 2015 – Students participating in this year’s Legacy Youth Institute (LYI), a six-session leadership and mentoring program designed to equip student leaders to pass on the area’s “Ozark Mountain Spirit” to future generations, celebrated their completion of the program at a Graduation Banquet held at the Best Western Inn and Conference Center.

LYI students presented their Legacy initiatives, which are designed to champion one or more of the Legacy values—Family, Faith, Friends, Flag, and Future—in their schools. These initiatives encourage fellow students to participate in hands-on opportunities that reinforce the values of the area.

“We wanted these students to realize that even though they are young, they have a very important role to fulfill in preserving the legacy of our community,” said Jory Rolf from Ozark Mountain Legacy. “These school initiatives are a great way for them to practice being Legacy leaders right now.”

LYI students at Forsyth and Galena joined together to create an initiative called the “Disciples of Kindness,” inspired by Job 6:14.  The group members seek to “Spread Joy, Show Compassion, and Do Kindness” to fellow students in simple, but impactful, ways. To inspire and encourage others, they share some of their acts of kindness on their Facebook and Twitter pages and invite others in the community to join them in this initiative.

Branson and School of the Ozarks LYI students developed initiatives that would help connect fellow students to service opportunities. Branson students created a video montage of area non-profit organizations to help educate their peers about the work of these organizations and to encourage them to volunteer. They also plan to conduct a “penny drive” in which they will invite students to donate their spare change into buckets for a variety of non-profits.

The LYI students from School of the Ozarks will establish a Mission Council comprised of two students from each class to help fulfill the call of Christ to serve others. The Mission Council will identify a variety of service opportunities for students and will decide on specific projects to promote to the student body at large.

LYI students in Hollister, with help from the National Honors Society, will coordinate sensory- friendly film nights, where they will invite kids who may have a hard time watching a movie in a theater due to sensory issues or other disabilities to enjoy a movie in a relaxed and fun environment. They hope this initiative will give these children and opportunity to connect with other kids and enjoy an evening out.

Reeds Spring LYI students created a “virtual tour” video of Reeds Spring High School to be shown to 8th graders prior to their high school campus tour. They hope that this introduction to the school will ease any anxiety the 8th grade students may feel about making the transition to high school.  They also plan to have high school mentors speak to the 8th grade students to make them feel more connected to the student body.

The LYI students also heard from Pastor Jonathan McGuire from Bridge of Faith Community Church in Rockaway Beach, a church that “seeks to transform a generation that transforms a community.” McGuire spoke to the students about his own story, specifically about becoming the pastor of his church at such a young age.

He discussed how important each of the core values—Family, Faith, Friends, Flag, and Future—are in accomplishing the work set before him, as well as in accomplishing the goals and dreams before each one of the LYI students.

“We have been so impressed with the passion and enthusiasm of these students to intentionally set goals that will shape the culture around them,” said Rolf. “Getting to know these outstanding young leaders has given me confidence that our community will be in good hands in the future.”

For more information about the Legacy Youth Institute, please contact Ozark Mountain Legacy at (417) 598-1314, or visit www.LegacyYouthInstitute.org or www.ozarkmountainlegacy.org.

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Ozark Mountain Legacy is our area’s non-profit organization dedicated to preserving, promoting, and championing our core values of Family, Faith, Friends, Flag, and Future to ensure the continued success of our Ozark Mountain Spirit as we Pass It On to future generations. (www.ozarkmountainlegacy.org)

For more information about the Legacy Youth Institute,
please contact Ozark Mountain Legacy at (417) 598-1314,
or visit www.LegacyYouthInstitute.org or www.ozarkmountainlegacy.org.

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LYI Graduating Class of 2015

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LYI Students from School of the Ozarks present their Legacy Initiative

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LYI Students from Hollister present their Legacy Initiative

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LYI Students from Reeds Spring present their Legacy Initiative

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Jonathan McGuire, from Bridge of Faith Community Church in Rockaway Beach, a church that “seeks to transform a generation that transforms a community” spoke to the students about the importance of each of the core values—Family, Faith, Friends, Flag, and Future—in accomplishing the goals and dreams before each one of the LYI students.




 

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