YES! Recommends: The Legacy Project

At a time of economic uncertainty—when your students are wondering about their future—the Legacy Project might serve as a compass to help them create their lives, connect to others, and change their world.
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The Legacy Project’s founder Susan V. Bosak reminds us that legacy is about life and living. It helps us decide the kind of life we want to live and the kind of world we want to live in.

And now is as good a time as ever for your students to think about how they want to live.

What would I like to learn to do? What would I like to do to make a living? What can I do for my community? Helping your students be their best also involves a road or life map. Without a guide, it’s easy to wander or get lost. How will I accomplish my goals?  Who will help me?

It’s never too early or too late to start planning and living your dreams. YES! recommends the Legacy Project and its banner program LifeDreams as an inspiring and supportive co-pilot for helping your students dream big.



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Used with permission from the book "Dream" by Susan V. Bosak.

The world needs more dreamers because they are the people whose creativity and courage have brought change to our lives. LifeDreams helps your students develop their individual potential and create their own lives. At the core of LifeDreams is the award-winning bestseller Dream. Several activities are also independent of the book and facilitate identifying your students’ passions, what they’d like to be, and how they can achieve their goals.


Here are three sample activities:

  • Life Line: Using six sheets of paper, words, photos, drawings and magazine clippings, your students create visual representations of their life lines. Each sheet represents one life stage—baby, toddler, child, teenager, young adult, older adult—and is filled with events, achievements, and other memories. For future life lines, students will imagine what they’d like to see happen.
  • Life List: What would you like to do in your lifetime?  Hit a homerun? Sit on a sandy beach in Greece? Your students will enjoy creating their own life list—and checking off items as the months and years go by.  They’ll probably have more aspirations when they hear what’s on their classmates’ list.  Mount Everest, here I come!
  • Goal Letter: After your students have thought about a specific goal—something they want to learn to do, get better at, or even a fear they’d like to overcome—they will write a letter to themselves.  This letter not only identifies the goal but how they plan to accomplish it. Who will help you? What will you do when you hit a rough patch?

    Explore more LifeDream activities here.


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Illustration by Shaun Tan from the book "Dream".

Used with permission from the book "Dream" by Susan V. Bosak.


Legacy Project Banner Programs
In addition to Life Dreams, here are the Legacy Project’s other banner programs with accompanying activities and guides:

Across Generations
explores our connections with others and encourages closer relationships between generations.  Teachers may combine activities for literacy, family and family history, art, and memoir writing lessons. In time for the holidays are activities to interview relatives and play intergenerational games.

Our World
examines our role in making it a better place. How does each of us deal with challenges such as climate change and prejudice? How can we better care for our environment and each other? Activities range from creating an emotional alphabet to exploring the tiny food factories in leaves.

Listen to a Life Essay Contest
Now in its 12th year, the gives students 8-18 years old the opportunity to develop interviewing, listening, writing, and technology skills.  More important, they will forge a deeper connection with an elder.

Teachers Webpage
Legacy Project has introductory pages for teachers, parents, program leaders, and grandparents.  Click for the teacher webpage. 

Quarterly Newsletter – sign up here!
to Legacy Project’s free quarterly e-mail newsletter to find out when new free resources are posted, other contests start, and more.


The is a grassroots cooperative project founded by educator and author Susan V. Bosak. It uses the concept of legacy as a catalyst for all ages to take a big-picture approach to creating your life, connecting with others, and changing the world. In addition to three banner programs, the Legacy Project offers free online activities and guides, books, DVDs, workshops, and more. The Legacy Center is based north of Toronto on an idyllic 15-acre arboretum.


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