Wednesday, April 30, 2014

Changing the World—One Child at a Time

Who made a difference in your life?  Was it your parent, a teacher, a youth worker, a minister, your neighbor?  Did they help you through the rough patches?  Did they listen while you talked about your hopes and dreams?  Did they encourage you to run a mile, enter the science fair, sing a solo at the spring concert, or learn how to plan a completely nutritious meal?  Did they help you navigate a world that you found confusing and concerning?  If the answer to any of these questions is “yes” then you benefited from having a positive role model and mentor in your life. 

You have the opportunity to pay that forward.  Join with others who profited from this sort of support and are investing money in the staff development and training of youth workers who act as this essential piece of the puzzle.  At Entrusted Legacy your monthly contribution of $10.00, $15.00 or $25.00 can make a difference in the life of a child.  And the impact is exponential as helping the adults will help both directly and indirectly every youth he/she comes in contact with.  Go to our website at

Wednesday, April 23, 2014

Making A Difference

Do you watch the advertisements on television that ask you to sponsor a child in Africa or South America?  Does your heart break for the children you see?  Do you wonder how such a small contribution can change a life?

There are plenty of young people in the United States that need your support as well.  They are attending afterschool programs so they can have a safe place to be in the hours afterschool and they can also get help with their homework.  The opportunity to participate in amazing enrichment opportunities they would otherwise not have access to is a bonus.  These programs are staffed by youth workers who need training and staff development to become the most effective role model and mentor they can be.  At Entrusted Legacy we are working to provide that support for the afterschool professionals.  Investing in their development has exponential returns as they each touch multiple youth every day.  Join with others and invest today by going to our website at  There are children waiting.

Friday, April 11, 2014

5 People You Meet In Heaven

Mitch Albom wrote the book, The Five People You Meet in Heaven.  His book was transformed into a movie of the same name.  In this book, Eddie, a war veteran, feels that his life has been meaningless as he has spent his days in the dull routine of repairing the rides at a seaside amusement park.  However, when he arrives in heaven he meets five people for whom he has had a profound impact.  He also meets a large group of folks who he affected less directly than the others. 

 Have you ever wondered what 5 people you might meet in heaven—people for whom you have made a difference.  Perhaps one of them will be your own mentor and role model.  While they certainly impacted your life, you changed them as well.  Each of you recognized your own unique gifts and talents because of the connection.  We know that every young person needs and deserves a positive role model and mentor.  It is essential as we all struggle to navigate a world that is yet to be determined.  We live in a time of ambiguity and a positive role model and mentor can be the most essential part of staying grounded and on track.

Like Eddie in the story, you might also meet a large number of people that you have impacted more indirectly.  While you might not be able to be a mentor or role model for the youth directly, you can support the efforts of those who work with youth daily.  Your financial support will help Entrusted Legacy provide training and coaching for these dedicated youth workers.  We need you and the children need you.  You can make a difference in the life of a child.  Donate at  

Monday, April 7, 2014

Starfish Story

The Starfish story is one of my favorites as it speaks to one of the most fragile yet resilient qualities of human beings—hope.  In the story a young man is standing on the beach tossing the beached starfish back into the water.  A stranger approaches him and after realizing what he is doing points out that the young man can’t possibly save all of the starfish.  The young man picks up another starfish and throws it back into the ocean.  He looks squarely at the detractor and states, “I helped that one.”  As people who care about other people that’s exactly what we need to do, keep helping one more. 

One way to do that is to work closely with the afterschool professionals who work with youth every day after the school bell rings.  When we work with those folks and raise their level of competency and capacity we are creating a whole new spectrum of positive role models and mentors for youth.  Please join us in preparing these afterschool professionals to be the best role model and mentor possible.  Your donation can go a long way to impacting the future.  Please contact us at  and make a difference in the life of a child.   

Monday, March 31, 2014

Perception Is Everything

You may have read this story before but it perfectly captures not only the importance of our perceptions but the importance of acting ourselves rather than thinking someone else is going to do that for us.  While some claim this story is an urban legend, if it is, it really doesn’t diminish its power.  This exchange occurs when an American ship at sea spots a light in the distance, bobbing along the horizon. 
Americans: "Please divert your course 15 degrees to the North to avoid a collision."
Canadians: "Recommend you divert YOUR course 15 degrees to the South to avoid a collision."
Americans: "This is the captain of a US Navy ship. I say again, divert YOUR course."
Canadians: "No, I say again, you divert YOUR course."

We’ve all had those lighthouse experiences.  At Entrusted Legacy we want to encourage you to change your course and invest with us so we can be sure that adults who are working with you can have the training they need to be positive role models and mentors for youth.  Our goal is to unleash the power of these fine people.  Go to our website at and DONATE now.  Entrust your legacy with us.  Together we can make a difference.  

Monday, March 24, 2014

Entrusted Legacy--2013

179 Educators
3,723 Youth
23 Afterschool Sites
5 Communities
3,902 Total Reached
Thanks to You---100% participated at No Cost

Wednesday, March 19, 2014

Why We Work with Those Who Work With Youth

Working with youth is about touching the future and making a difference in someone else’s life when the impact of your work is magnified by the recipient themselves.  Youth are like sponges, soaking up as much as possible so they can figure out how to navigate the world.  People who work with youth experience the thrill and the frustration inherent in unleashing the power of these young people to become what they were meant to be. 
In the song, You Raise Me Up, the chorus reads:
You raise me up, so I can stand on mountains
You raise me up, to walk on stormy seas;
I am strong, when I am on your shoulders;
You raise me up... To more than I can be.

To raise youth up is our goal and we believe that goal can be achieved by supporting the adults who work with youth.  The possibility in each young person to stretch forever is its own reward, and to be a part of the support is more than gratifying.  A quote attributed to Abraham Lincoln, "No man stands so tall as when he stoops to help a child" captures the essence of the work of positive role models and mentors. 

Please join with us at Entrusted Legacy to increase the impact we have on youth and the adults who work with them.  Donate to this worthwhile work by going to our website at  We welcome your support and help.  Together we CAN make a difference.