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Message From the President

Updated: Apr 4



Greetings!

On behalf of the organization, we extend a heartfelt thank you for your generous support and contributions, as we celebrate our 16th 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.


Sixteen 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, Middle College, and Washington Preparatory High Schools, 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. During the after school program, they learn to prepare for college, develop life skills, prepare for the future workforce, develop leadership skills, and they are empowered to succeed. The organization continues to provide scholarships for students in the leadership academy at King Drew Magnet, Crenshaw, Dorsey, Middle College, 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 pilot school . We helped them to focus their energies on positive actions. As a result, they have increased their self-efficacy.

Each year we celebrate our graduating seniors and outstanding trailblazers at our only fundraiser, the Torch Awards. Our objective is to raise money for our graduating seniors that they may fulfill their dreams of a secondary education. In 2019 we recognized exceptional honorees at the Torch Awards: Andre Farr, Michael and Mattie McFadden-Lawson, Quintin Primo and Wendy Raquel Robinson. 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 is no exception. Our theme for 2020 is, "Salute to the Visionaries." Please join us as we celebrate the accomplishments of those extraordinary leaders: Beverly White, Reporter NBC, Stephanie Wiggins, CEO of Metrolink, and George Willis, President, U.S. Operations, United Parcel Service. Please continue to check our website for updates.


Again, I look forward to shaking 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.


Sincerely,

Jacqueline Castillo




President & Founder

Legacy Ladies, Inc. is a 501(c)(3),

Tax I. D, # 20-1486836

Phone: (818) 414-5074

26500 W. Agoura Rd. #102-718

Calabasas, CA 91302

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