Character Development


Middle School Lutsen 2018 Trip

Exploring the real world of work and money is a vital life skill set for teenagers. We intentionally place our students in job shadowing experiences throughout our community to get a real feel for the world of work. College campus tours and visits are included in this experience as well.

Summer Travel

As many of you know, we engage our students in hand-writing thank you notes to you for the many gifts you provide to LCF.  We recently spent a Sunday afternoon writing cards to loyal supporters.
The following thank you note, written privately and with NO adult coaching as to the content or conventions, exemplifies the heart and soul of our students.  

"Dear  _______.

I want to thank you for everything you have done for the Legacy students, my family, and me.  Every penny that you have invested in us has helped us so much.  Over the past few years, I have gained so much knowledge about myself, the world, and my peers.

Before being in Legacy, I was a very shy and scared student.  I never had a conversation that was more than just a "hi or hello".  But every moment spent with the Legacy students, and mentors have helped me break past all my barriers.  Being a member of this program has also helped me build my math and reading skills.  The only thing that has helped me achieve that, was by going to Sylvan.  Most kids did not enjoy spending their summer days learning, but I did.  Just knowing that there were people that care about my future has helped me a lot.

I also want to thank you for...
- taking some time out of your life to come on some trips with us.
- coming to some of my basketball games.
- believing in me, and all of the Legacy students.

No words can actually describe how thankful I am for everything you have done.  I really appreciate it.


Academic Awards Celebration

Career Development

LCF Coaches Show Their Team Spirit

The Legacy students team up with engineers from John Deere each year to plan, build and compete with their made-from-scratch robot at the FIRST Robotics Competition in Bismarck. Skill development and practical application of Science, Technology, Engineering, Math along with positive relationship building blends these creative minds into a hard to beat team. Go Thunder Bots!

STATE CHAMPS - The final round of the championship flight from the First Tech Challenge in Bismarck.

International Music Camp

Students blend their musical and creative art talents to develop their skills and make lasting friendships at the amazing International Music Camp! 

Thank you Sammon's Financial for your support of this opportunity for the Legacy students!

LCF Literacy & Math Summer School

Educating Students

Basic Skill Development

​Legacy students work with local college students after school who are hired to be our academic coaches during the school year. Homework rooms are set up throughout the community each school day of the year to assist students in their goal to be successful students. Click here to read reflections from an academic coach.

Academic Coaches

Students in LCF are determined to improve their mastery of basic skills.  Personalized skill building in reading and math are the focus of our summer academic program.  We hire licensed teachers to directly teach and rebuild basic skills in small groups or 1:1. 

High School Glacier 2018 Trip

Every student deserves to graduate!

Student Application Process

Students earn the opportunity during the summer months to travel to new destinations to develop relationships, try new adventures, visit universities, serve others and overcome fears!

At the end of every quarter of school, LCF considers the addition of new students.

Interested students will follow these steps:

1.  Review the LCF student criteria as outlined in the Student Application to make sure they qualify for LCF. Students must be able to say, "Yes" to 3/4 criteria or 2/4 with a recommendation from school personnel or community professional who works with children. 

Student criteria to join LCF:  

  1. Current GPA of 2.0 or lower
  2. Most recent MAP scores in Reading or Math under 50%.
  3. Receive Free or Reduced Meals at school
  4. Experiencing a situation outside of school that is causing a hardship to perform well in school.

2.  Any interested student who qualifies should email: with his/her name, school, grade, phone number and email address.  LCF will call the student and parent(s) to discuss LCF.  If the student is interested in LCF, then step #3 is arranged.

3. Students will be interviewed in person by LCF student Board members to further understand and determine student participation in LCF.

4.  If the student Board members recommend the new student to LCF, the Executive Director will meet with the student and parents to complete LCF application and clarify expectations.

The key to a thriving future for any child is to become educated. Our success depends on honest, committed relationships with inter-generational caring adults.  We have simple connections you can make to empower a teenager to reach his/her full potential.

 - View Student Reflections 

 - View a Thank You Letter from a Past Student 

 - View our Program Guide

Thank you for taking time to explore our website to find the right connection for you. We look forward to hearing from you!

A dinner celebration, in a festive room of excited families, brought proud students to the stage to receive accolades and awards for their academic and leadership accomplishments. The LCF Academic Coaches proudly distributed the awards to the students they have provided leadership, encouragement and instruction to since early September at our after-school homework sites. Student progress and academic mastery would not be possible without our coaches! The following awards were presented:


Bronze – GPA of 2.0-2.94, 20 students
Silver – GPA of 2.95-3.44, 17 students
Gold – GPA of 3.45-4.0, 11 students


Senior Awards:  Dylan Branden, Christie Saintal, Mary Sem, Yohannes Tunheim, Maria Tuya
Most Improved GPA:  Richmond Parker, Elizabeth Reng-Ayong 
Perfect Attendance:  Kenny Azza, Tirtha Ghimirey, Mary Sem, Jennie Sem
Highest GPA:  Kenny Azza, Shaylee Fletcher, Puja Chhetri


Dehne Determination Award:  Jessica Korboi, Yohannes Tunheim
(Demonstrates Determination and Positive Mental Attitude)
Liffrig Leadership Award:  Richmond Parker, Maria Tuya

(Demonstrates a bold willingness to speak up and act to make the world a better place)

Love Your Neighbor, Service Award: Puja Chhetri, Quame’ Rauls, Maria Tuya

(Demonstrates an unstoppable passion to service and love others)

Legacy Award:  Rachel Uwera, Khem Ghimirey

(Demonstrates Honesty, Perseverance, Faith* & Service: The core values of Legacy Children’s Foundation)

* Faith is a complete trust or confidence in someone or something