Press Release: Project Legacy Receives An Important Donation

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June 5, 2018 – Rochester, Minn. — Karen Edmonds has announced today that Project Legacy received an important grant from Mayo Clinic for the organization’s youth empowerment programs. Serving youth of color in Rochester, Project Legacy’s programs offer youth access to resources, mentorship and support as they work to make healthy, lasting changes in their lives.

“This donation from Mayo Clinic will help us sustain our one-of-a-kind youth empowerment programs,” Edmonds said. “Our approach enables youth of color to address unresolved trauma, while accessing needed support, resources and mentorship.”

With this funding, Project Legacy will continue serving youth of color through programs like Operation Nourish and Operation Encourage, while providing weekly support groups, study tables and individualized mentorship opportunities.

About Project Legacy

Project Legacy provides hope, training, and support to Rochester youth and young adults of color who are refugees, homeless, formerly gang-involved or recently incarcerated. Project Legacy provides unique, long-term support to help youth in their journey out of poverty, incarceration, and addiction towards a vibrant and sustainable future for themselves and future generations. Project Legacy provides comprehensive, free services for youth seeking employment, education and a path out of poverty. Project Legacy seeks to address immediate needs of youth, such as employment and housing, while simultaneously addressing issues including deep poverty, mental health disorders, substance abuse and lack of education. Tantamount to our approach is our belief that when youth are surrounded with love, affection, kindness and support, they will heal and flourish. 

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About Mayo Clinic

Mayo Clinic is the first and largest integrated, not-for-profit group practice in the world. Doctors from every medical specialty work together to care for patients, joined by common systems and a philosophy that the needs of the patient come first. Over 3,000 physicians and scientists and 46,600 allied staff work at Mayo which has sites in Rochester, Minn., Jacksonville, Fla., and Scottsdale/Phoenix, Ariz. Mayo Clinic also serves more than 70 communities through the Mayo Clinic Health System. Collectively, these locations treat more than half a million people each year.

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Karen Edmonds