Y.E.S. Football Academy (Youth Education Sport)
YOUTH EDUCATION SPORT Football Academy uses football as a tool to drive social change
Y.E.S. provides an opportunity to do more than just teach football skills, techniques and tactics, it has created an organized and safe environment to nurture the social and moral values of the young people in our care.
Khmer adolescents living in an extremely marginalized community on the outskirts of tourist hotspot Siem Reap, an area characterized by multi-dimensional socio-economic issues including widespread poverty, substance abuse, crime and family breakdown.
In reality, the urban poor live with many deprivations including limited access to employment opportunities and income, inadequate and insecure housing and services, violent and unhealthy environments, little or no social protection mechanisms, and limited access to adequate health and education opportunities.
HOW WE ADDRESS IT
Y.E.S. A ‘Siem Reap FC’ and ‘Feeding Dreams Cambodia’ Collaboration.
Football and other sports are used as a major force for social change by facilitating the development and empowerment of youths who can become self-assured, responsible and active adults.
Evidence shows that when adolescents are supported and encouraged by caring adults, along with policies and services attentive to their needs and capabilities, they have the potential to break long-standing cycles of poverty, discrimination and violence.
Y.E.S. A 12 month program for male marginalized youths offering not only quality football training, but also developing a series of workshops geared towards the Y.E.S. adolescent youths is incorporated into the program. One workshop is dedicated to educating Y.E.S. students on methods of non-violent conflict resolution for disputes and how youth can safely and effectively mediate during conflicts at home and in the community. Other workshops include life skills values (teamwork, respect for others & hard work), gender equality & employment possibilities which can also promote confidence and commitment.
Y.E.S. provides a platform for young people to believe in themselves and develop into responsible citizens.
The Y.E.S. program consists of -
- Around 200 players
- Two age groups - under 14s and under 18 year olds
- Open only to under-privileged youth of Siem Reap
WITH YOUR SUPPORT
Sponsors play a vital role in ensuring this program is successful.
Sponsors can help this program by giving donations for
- players uniforms.
- 400 bottles of water for players each training.
- a Life Skills/Moral Workshop once a month.
- hire suitable football fields for a month.
- Monthly salaries of 6 highly experienced Coaches
- Training equipment
Donate, Sponsor, Connect to Y.E.S. http://feedingdreamscambodia.org/make-a-donation.php Or become a regular and recognized sponsor - Corporate, School or Club sponsorships welcome.
A minimum of US$1,300 per month is needed to invest for the purpose of building skills and abilities of the youths & communities of Siem Reap - and to enable youth to become key actors in the development of the nation.
Nelson Mandela once said that “Sport has the power to change the world. It has the power to inspire. It speaks to youths in the language they understand. It is more powerful than governments in breaking down social barriers”.
For further information on how to help or get involved please contact Blaed Perkins via email YESacademy@feedingdreamscambodia.org