Our History

Eugene Lingenhoel, Executive Director, had a dream 30 years ago about opening an orphanage. While working his full-time sales career and serving as a local pastor, he was contacted by Lehman Middle School in Canton, Ohio, to fill backpacks for students in need.


When he delivered these supplies, the principal asked him to visit with several of the students who could benefit from interacting with a positive role model. 

After seeing the great need and knowing he could make a difference, he left his career and started mentoring full time at Lehman Middle School.

Why We're Here

At that point, he hired our Program Director, Jenn Warner, who developed our curriculum. Together, they began recruiting other adult volunteer mentors and have since grown the program into what it is today.

The Legacy Project of Stark currently has 240 adult volunteer mentors who serve more than 1,500 middle school youth in and around Stark County schools.

The Legacy Project of Stark exists to bring together and build small group mentoring relationships between 4th and 8th grade students and members of their community.


We believe that developmental relationships promote resiliency, emotional well-being, and the social skills that students need to thrive. 


Our program takes place during the school day and strives to provide students with a fun, casual environment that promotes a lot of talking and laughing. 


Through our curriculum, we are able to encourage smart decisions, responsible academic performance, and positive behavior modifications.


We believe that EVERY student can benefit from having a mentor!