Ronald B Waddell Jr. is a Philanthropist, Social Activist, and Entrepreneur. At the age of 5 Ron’s father abandoned his family due to drugs and incarceration. He was reared by a single mother of 4 children. At age fourteen his mother passed away due to a lengthy battle with cancer. His eldest sister assumed legal custody of him and his younger sister. This living arrangement deteriorated quickly due her abusive boyfriend. Ron then moved to Massachusetts, shortly after moving to MA, at age 17, Ron found himself homeless and doing whatever was necessary to survive. The encouraging male role models along the way were crucial in helping Ron transform his situation and his life.
Ron Waddell is the Executive Director and Co Founder of Legendary Legacies. He is a certified transformational life coach through the Association for Christian Character Development, a certified Gang Specialist through The National Gang Crime and Research Center and a Certified Youth Mental Health Specialist.
He is a Certified Recovery Coach and holds a certificate in Nonprofit Management and Leadership from Boston University. He has completed and co-facilitated multiple re-entry training inside MA Houses of Corrections. He is present at a number of community and state events and speaks passionately and eloquently about issues affecting marginalized communities.
Ronald has experienced many of the issues that affect the targeted youth participants of the Legacy Builders program, and uses this experience to better relate to marginalized youth throughout the City of Worcester.
Jorge is the Director of Programming and Co Founder of Legendary Legacies. He holds a certificate from Clark University’s Youth Worker Training Institute, and additional certifications from the NGCRC in gangs and mental health and gang reconciliation.
He also has completed the necessary requirements to receive a certificate in Juvenile Justice Ministry from Gordon College.
Community Outreach Coordinator
Gabriel Rodriguez is the Director of Community Outreach Coordinator for Legendary Legacies Inc., a non-profit in the city of Worcester, MA, dedicated to seeing young men ages 17-24 maximize their potential.
Growing up in Worcester, Gabriel was gang involved for 10+ years and even dealt with periods of incarceration. After his last bid, he committed to make the necessary changes in his life to become a productive citizen. Gabriel is a certified residential and youth care professional. He also holds certificates for gang counseling, and gangs and mental health through the NGCRC.
In addition he holds a certificate from the youth worker training institute at Clark University. He specializes in youth work and has devoted himself to helping youth change their lives and reach their potential. Gabe is currently pursuing a degree in social work at Quinsigamond Community College.