A Message from the President
On behalf of the organization, we extend a heartfelt thank you for your generous support and contributions, as we celebrate our 15th anniversary. I especially want to thank my Mother, Lessie Mckerson, my husband Jim, my sister Patsy, my son Justin and his wife Mariette, for continuing to fuel the fire within me. But, our work is not complete, and your financial assistance is still needed as we expand our services.
Fifteen years ago, when I began this journey, the Legacy Ladies were fueled by our passion to serve disadvantaged families and youth in our communities, and today the fire is still burning within all of us. We have traveled from coast to coast blazing a path for the historically underserved and supported families through our flagship program, now called the “Family Assistance Program.” We have improved the quality of life and served as a catalyst for change for homeless families, military families, physically impaired and families of multiples.
Our Adopt-A-School program continues to flourish at King Drew Magnet, Crenshaw, Dorsey, and Washington Preparatory High School, with the implementation of our best practice, “From the School House to The White House Leadership Academy.” This program has given the young ladies a vision beyond their classroom as they travel to the nation's State Capitol, The White House, corporations, and local institutions and beyond in order for them to see life through a different set of lens to discover who they can become. It has proven to be a multi-generational program as they pass on the skills that they have learned to siblings and other family members. Over the 9 month period, they learn to prepare for college, develop life skills, they are poised to be successful in the workforce, they grow into leadership and they are empowered to succeed. The organization continues to provide scholarships for students in the leadership academy at King Drew Magnet, Crenshaw, Dorsey, and Washington Preparatory High Schools, because of your generous support. But we didn't stop there. We recognized that we needed to go deeper and work with elementary students, so we identified Angeles Mesa Elementary School as a school in the community that we serve. We help them to focus their energies on positive actions. As a result, they have increased their self-efficacy.
In 2018 we recognized exceptional honorees at the Torch Awards: Keisha Nix, Christine Simmons and Phillip A. Washington. They epitomize the true meaning of our mission, of giving back to our communities and leaving a legacy of service and leadership. We congratulate them as trailblazers as they continue to pass the Torch. This year our theme is "Empowering Girls to Build Communities Through Leadership." Please join us as we celebrate the accomplishments of those role models, Andre Farr, Michael and Mattie McFadden-Lawson, Quintin Primo and Wendy Raquel Robinson.
Again, I want to shake your hand at the Torch Awards and thank each one of you personally for your support and ongoing commitment to helping us keep the flame of service burning.
President & Founder
The Official Carrier of Legacy Ladies, Inc.