Youth Development

Legacy Associates Foundation

  • Detroit, MI
  • http://www.legacyassociates.org

Mission Statement

Legacy Associates Foundation is an organization whose mission is to exemplify and retain scholastic leadership, community involvement, and economic empowerment on a local, national and global front. Our current members consist of twenty African-American men in their 20's that grew up together as great friends and partners. Through our life experiences, we have developed a special relationship that has lasted, in some instances, since second grade, through our college years and into the present. The undergraduate universities we attended include: Morehouse College, Howard University, University of Chicago-Loyola, Case-Western Reserve University, Chicago-Kent Law School, Florida A & M University, Harvard University, University of Michigan, Michigan State University, Western Michigan University, Wayne State University and Grand Valley State. As we reached the latter phases of our undergraduate years and began to embark upon graduate school and professional careers, we began to realize the importance of maintaining contact with one another and the power of building a strong professional network. Our areas of study ranged from medicine to business economics to computer information systems and beyond. Thus, in January of 1997, we created what is now Legacy Associates Foundation. The purpose of this organization was to formally bond a group of like-minded individuals who shared a very unique informal, social and business-oriented bond. Through this organization, we have built a force of leadership and support (educationally, economically and socially) for communities across the nation. Legacy Associates Foundation strives to improve the quality of life within our communities via promotion of and involvement in many valuable philanthropic activities. This force of leadership is essential, particularly for youth, in propelling individuals into what lies ahead in the 21st century. With great pride, all members have taken this responsibility and have committed to fulfilling a mutual life-long goal. We, the Men of Legacy Associates Foundation, see our situation as hopeful instead of hopeless and understand that this is the only way to view today's society if we truly believe in our mission. Collectively, we have the brainpower, manpower, unity, determination, and youthful vigor to truly make a difference. Thus, we want to prepare everyone to take a deep breath; Legacy Associates Foundation is here to help clean the air.

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ruling year

2016

Principal Officer

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Mr. Paul Riser, Jr.

Keywords

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mentor, Detroit, youth, scholarship, Legacy, entrepreneur

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EIN

38-3381895

Also Known As

L.A.F.

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Cause Area (NTEE Code)

Youth Development Programs (O50)

Business, Youth Development (O53)

Fund Raising and/or Fund Distribution (O12)

IRS Filing Requirement

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Legacy Associates Foundation provides a vast number of programs and also partners with a number of organizations with similar missions, see the following.... · Scholastic Achievement - Head Start Development Program (Tallahassee, FL) - Annual Scholarship Fundraising Dinner (Detroit, MI) - The Children of Malcolm X Program (Lansing, MI) - College Preparatory Workshop (Detroit, MI) - Minorities Science Education Center (Grand Valley State University) - Carolyn Brevard Elementary Tutoring (Tallahassee, FL) - Youth L.I.N.K.S. - Internet & World Wide Web Youth Training Program (Detroit, MI) - Junior Achievement of America (Chicago, IL & Detroit, MI) - The Walnut Elementary Mentoring Program (Lansing, MI) - Mayor Dennis Archer's "Star Tech: The Next Generation" 2000 Technology Education Conference (Detroit, MI) - Mayor Dennis Archer's "D4 - Deleting the Digital Divide" 2001 Technology Education Conference (Detroit, MI) · Community Involvement - Peace Games: Youth Conflict Resolution Program (Cambridge, MA) - Meals on Wheels Delivery Service (Tallahassee, FL) - Camp Rising Star: After School Cultural Enrichment Program (Atlanta, GA) - Think Detroit - Summer Softball Youth League (Detroit, MI) - Thanksgiving Clothing Drive (Detroit, MI) - Sun Microsystems "Sun Worldwide Volunteer Week" Park Cleanup (Detroit, MI) - City Council Park Cleanup with Gill Hill and the City Council Office (Detroit, MI) - Big Brother Big Sister Program (Detroit, MI) - Southern Christian Leadership Conference's (SCLC) Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Celebration (Detroit, MI) - 1999 Walk-A-Thon for Fight Against Breast Cancer (Detroit, MI) - NAACP Detroit Chapter (Detroit, MI) - 2001 & 2002 Tavis Smiley "Youth To Leaders" Conference: Facilitators (Detroit, MI) - 2001 & 2002 Tavis Smiley "Youth To Leaders" Conference: Planning Committee (Detroit, MI) - Oak Park High School Summer School Career Day (Detroit, MI) - City Council Park Cleanups (Detroit, MI) - Coats For Kids sponsored by WJLB- FM (Detroit, MI) - Focus Hope Christmas "Adopt-A-Family" Program (Detroit, MI) - Detroit "Midnight Golf" Program (Detroit, MI) · Economic Empowerment - 2002 Legacy Associates Foundation Entrepreneur Program, "Let's Start A Business" (Detroit, MI) - Economic Empowerment for Youth Seminars with NAACP (Detroit, MI) - Economic Empowerment Seminars with Urban Circles, Inc. (Detroit, MI) - Entrepreneurs Conference for Youth, 8-17 years of age (Detroit, MI) - 2001 & 2002 Black Enterprise Kidpreneurs Conference (Nashville, TN) - Money Camp for Youth presented by Gail Perry Mason (Detroit, MI)

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Principal Officer

Mr. Paul Riser, Jr.

BIO

Paul Riser, Jr., President of Legacy Associates Foundation, autobiography is as follows: "Giving back is by far one of the best rewards possible, " stated by Mr. Paul Riser. Paul Riser, Jr. has diligently made contributions to those who represent our future - the youth. In his adolescent years, he was taught to reach back and pull others ahead because "the returns would serve immense rewards". Mr. Riser's early education at Gesu Elementary School in Detroit set the tone for the accomplishments that he has achieved to date. A lifetime resident of Detroit, Riser also attended University of Detroit Jesuit and Cass Technical High Schools. Thereafter, he graduated with honors, earning his Bachelor of Science degree in Computer Information Systems and minor in Mathematics from the prestigious Florida A&M University. While in college, Riser also represented his school at the 1997 Cargill Workshop Competition, the 1997 IBM Project View Conference, as well as the 1996 and 1997 EDS Case Challenge Competitions. "Florida A&M University was the cornerstone of the greatest turning point in my life." In January of 1997, Paul Riser and thirteen close friends from Detroit created Legacy Associates Foundation, a community based non-profit organization that provides mentoring, scholarships and educational programs for youth in the City of Detroit. While still in college, Riser was chosen to be the president of Legacy Associates Foundation and still serves in this leadership role of the now twenty-member organization of African-American males. Since graduating from college in 1997, he has been employed by Sun Microsystems Computer Company as a technology engineer multiple regional accounts (i.e. Ford Motor Company, Dow Corning, Kelly Services, Compuware, etc.). Riser was chosen to be a guest speaker at the 1999 Mayor Dennis Archer Youth Technology Conference and each year since then he has sat on the steering committee of the annual education technology conferences in Detroit, Michigan. He also was chosen by Judge Jeffrey Collins to speak to youth as a guest speaker at his "Calling All Mentors" Youth Conference in 1999. Currently Mr. Riser has a November 2002 graduation date from the University of Phoenix in Livonia, Michigan where he is pursuing his Master's of Business Administration with a Technology Management concentration (Summer '03 graduation) Riser's affiliations also include membership in NAACP, Black Data Processing Associates (BDPA), the Black MBA Association, National Society of Black Engineers (NSBE), the Detroit Chapter of the Florida A&M University National Alumni Association, and Black Alliance of Educational Options (BAEO). The vast majority of his time is dedicated to work, graduate school and leading the inspirational progress of Legacy Associates Foundation. "I, with members of Legacy, truly seek not only to inspire and inform, but to enable and empower our future leaders of the world." Mr. Riser exhibits the meaning of this statement in all that he does.

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