ROCHESTER, Minn. – The nonprofit Project Legacy helps youth in need in Rochester, anything from helping with food and clothing to college applications.
The group is now teaming up with an expert in resiliency, Mayo Clinic’s Dr. Amid Sood. Project Legacy made the announcement at a fundraiser on Sunday.
“We’re really moving into making it more formal to deal with the youth and their trauma,” Project Legacy co-founder John Edmonds said.
Dr. Sood said much of this collaboration will focus on helping kids develop life skills to have higher self worth and better, more productive responses to life situations.
The introduction of his work will also include therapists volunteering their time to speak with participants of Project Legacy, meeting on a regular basis.
“It's the realization of a dream. It's the dream that this is the kind of program that these young folks need and it hasn't existed until this point. So we're making it a reality,” Edmonds said.
Project Legacy could soon also be expanding it’s reach to younger kids in the community.
Mana Mohamed is a member of the group. She is working on starting a mentorship program where members of Project Legacy would directly work with kids in need in the community.
“We want to work more closely with the children and basically give them that influence, that impact that they need to stay on the right path,” she said.
For Mana, giving back help she’s once needed is important to her.
“It means everything. To be able to try and work through these barriers and help other people to do the same. You're basically doing the same others had done to you when you were struggling,” she said.
While the program is still in the is hoping to have details of the program nailed down by Summer of 2018.