our results

WHERE YOU FIND ISA, YOU WILL FIND COMMITTED YOUNG PEOPLE, COACHES AND SPORTS ORGANISATIONS WHO WORK TOGETHER TO CREATE A BEAUTIFUL, STRONG AND SAFE NEIGHBOURHOOD.

Unsafe places become safe. Street kids clean up litter. Girls play alongside the boys who once dominated the sports field. The entire neighbourhood comes out to watch the new local football tournament. Youth are the change they want to see in their communities.

Because ISA helps youth discover for themselves what they are good at and what is important to them, they become game changers who continue to do what it is they believe in. Focussing on long term and personal training means that community sports coaches and – sport organisations continuously create new game changers. Our goal is a game without end.

our impact on

Youth

“Sports is for boys, is what my father always said. You would only ever see boys on the sports field in my neighbourhood, so I always quickly walked by. Until one day after school a young woman called out to me. I threw down my bag and she passed me the ball. Since then I play basketball almost every day. I am good at it, that’s what my coach says. She encourages me to dream big. I hope that one day I will become a professional basketballer. Or a doctor.”

Sali (17) from Mali

our impact on

Coaches

“I used to work as a prostitute. I couldn’t even think about playing sports. Until one day I was invited to play in a soccer match. I loved it! The coach helped me regain my self-confidence, told me about safe sex and taught me how I could make better choices. Eventually I left the sex industry and was trained as an ISA coach. It was a dream come true! Now I help other girls and sex workers to make their dreams reality.”

Esther (22) from Sudan

our impact on

COMMUNITIES

“The neighbourhood I live in was up until a couple of years ago very unsafe. Parents didn’t dare let their children play on the streets for fear of kidnappers. Students must come directly home from school. As a basketball coach I wanted to do something, but I didn’t know what. ISA helped me to create a safe place to play and to build trust among and between the youth. I now organise 3 against 3 basketball matches, which uplifts the sphere of the entire neighbourhood. Everyone comes out to cheer on their favourite team.”

Samba (27) from Mali

From 1998 onwards, ISA has

ISA & SDG

ISA stimulates the largest ever generation of youth ever to work towards a better world. ISA focuses on four specific Sustainable Development Goals (SDG) which have been determined by the United Nations. These are:

We got game

“Through hard work and dedication I hope to gain a scholarship within the US or Europe, eventually playing fort the Malian national basketball team, sharing my passion and joy to help others.”
– Boubacar Sissoko (16)

Contact isa

The Netherlands
Marathonloop 1
5235 AA ‘s-Hertogenbosch
info@isa-youth.org
+31 (0)73 64 94 256

Mali
Avenue du Mali
ACI 2000, Bamako-Mali, BP 250, Rue 341
Rond-Point de l’Obélisque
isa-mali@isa-youth.org