Press Release: Project Legacy Receives Donation from Mayo Clinic

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June 7, 2019 – Rochester, Minn. — Project Legacy is pleased to announce the awarding of an important grant from Mayo Clinic to help support youth empowerment programs.

Serving youth of color in Rochester, Project Legacy exists to provide hope, connections and support to youth and young adults of color who may have experienced poverty, trauma, and homelessness, or are refugees from war-torn countries and who have not had a positive support system. Our programs allow youth to transform their lives and become involved members of our community.

According to Karen Edmonds, Project Legacy’s Executive Director, “We are so grateful for the continued support of Mayo Clinic. This funding will allow us to continue investing in the lives of our young people in a truly meaningful way, whether they need access to resources or formal mental health support.”

This generous funding will be used to fund our peer mentoring program, where young people who have come up through Project Legacy’s programs are trained to mentor and support middle school youth participants.

Additionally, this funding will help support Project Legacy Heals, our mental health initiative that launched this spring. In the program, we partner with trained clinicians to provide free, in-house therapy to young people who have experienced trauma and abuse.

“We look forward to our continued partnership with Mayo Clinic and the ways this funding will make a lasting impact in the lives of our youth,” says Edmonds.


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 better path for the future. Project Legacy seeks to address immediate needs of youth, such as employment and housing, while simultaneously addressing issues including generational 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. For more information, visit

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. For more information, visit:

Press Contact:
Karen Edmonds
Executive Director
Project Legacy

Karen Edmonds