Khmer adolescents living in an extremely marginalized community on the outskirts of tourist hotspot Siem Reap, is 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.
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. Sadly, the Public School system here does not provide any form of sport or physical education for children in the curriculum.
Y.E.S (YOUTH, EDUCATION & SPORT) Football Academy 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.
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
The Y.E.S Academy currently provides free-weekly training, life-skills workshops and friendly matches for over 200 young boys from marginalized communities, many of which are also studying free lessons at Feeding Dreams Cambodia.
For more information on the evolution of this program please email our Feeding Dreams Co-Director and Y.E.S Academy Manager Blaed Perkins – firstname.lastname@example.org
“Sport has the power to change the world. It has the power to inspire. It has the power to unite people in a way that little else does. It speaks to youth in a language they understand. Sport can create hope where once there was only despair.”– Nelson Mandella