Building stronger inner city communities, one child, one family at a time
HISTORY OF OLI
Our Legacy Inc. started out from the concept of a graduate thesis research paper called "The Hustler's Mentality; The Educational Resilience of At-Risk Inner City Youth" written by co-founder Timothy Tillman. Studying to obtain his Masters degree from the University of New Orleans, Timothy found the desperate need for quality programming for youth in the city of New Orleans following the devastation of Hurricane Katrina. Interestingly enough, he also found, through research, that those youth in these environments have every skill necessary to succeed. The problem is, they weren't! So Timothy brought this problem up to co-founder Nicole Chang and they began to discuss ways to combat these problems. The solution, became Our Legacy Inc. Though we aim, in time, to impact the entire community, we know that the children out=r truly our future and decided they would be our main focus and starting point. Hence, OLI was developed during the summer of 2008 and officially became a 501c3 non-profit August 2009.
Since our inception, OLI has moved its home base from New Orleans to Baltimore in 2010 and Baltimore to Philadelphia in 2012. Since our mission is to impact inner city cities in America, we have developed a national model so that various satellite locations can be set up in the urban cities that we choose. Currently Baltimore and Philadelphia have chapters, with Baltimore being the oldest, beginning during the summer of 2014. Led by Nicole, OLI Baltimore has been establishing itself within the city and partnering with other organizations that share the same mission. During the summer of 2015, Timothy finally started to begin the process of establishing OLI Philadelphia to coincide with efforts in Baltimore. These actions are the framework for establishing OLI within urban communities across America and fulfilling the mission of eradicating the culture of poverty.