Kansas City, Mo (PRWEB) December 22, 2011
500+ Pound Man Pledges to Lose 100 Pounds to Save Kids
Legacy Foundation President, Jonathan F. Smith, plans to lose 100 pounds in a campaign to demonstrate to youth how to be healthy and raise awareness about the troubles facing inner city youth. After leaving his job of 20 years, Jonathan has dedicated his life to saving kids. The organization that he founded, L.E.G.A.C.Y, stands for Leadership Empowerment Growth Achievement Comes from our Youth. The non-profit organization is working to develop programs to address the problems of illiteracy, youth violence and childhood obesity.
On December 7, LEGACY launched the “WE CAN’T WEIGHT tm” campaign. Mr. Smith will raise funds, accepting dollar donations for each pound he loses, with a goal of losing 100 pounds by June leading up to LEGACY’s 10K/5K run where runners can join the campaign in a run to save kids. Mr. Smith started this effort in his hometown Kansas City where six youth were recently murdered in a span of ten hours. “My goal is to bring attention to the increasing problems of our youth and garner support for solutions. We can’t wait to save our youth.” Jonathan will be documenting his journey on the LEGACY website http://www.ourlegacyfoundation.org, on twitter @onemillionkids and on Facebook.
LEGACY will use the proceeds from this campaign and the 10K/5K LEGACY run to benefit its mentoring and tutoring program with PACE (Wyandotte Mental Health), and LEGACY’s 2012 summer program, which has an initiative of keeping at least 100 disadvantaged youth out of harm’s way during peak violence and criminal hours. The summer program will teach the children about literacy, obesity, financial literacy, as well as prepare them for the upcoming school year.
Founded in 2010, the Legacy Foundation is a non-profit organization based out of Kansas City, Mo. It exists for the purpose of teaching urban youth how to handle the responsibilities of being an effective leader in church, family, school, community, and corporate by providing resources and life skills needed to be a leader of today and well into the future. The LEGACY Foundation currently consists of a mentoring and tutoring program. It will expand to include a summer program in 2012. To learn more about Legacy, visit http://www.ourlegacyfoundation.org.