EMPOWERING IMMOKALEE'S CHILDREN SINCE 2010
Immokalee is home to one of America's largest migrant communities. Despite working long, hard hours in the agricultural fields, many of Immokalee's families fall below the poverty line.
Our mission is to walk alongside these families and support them in raising their children. We work with youth to help them overcome their unique obstacles which, left unaddressed, can manifest in low self-esteem, behavioral problems, and academic failure. As a result of this individualized attention, children are empowered to pursue their dreams and change themselves, their families, and their world for the better.
At Immokalee Soccer School & Academy, we have witnessed the transformative effect of our programs in the lives of youth and their families. Join us in our mission today!
MORE THAN JUST A SOCCER SCHOOL
Since 2010, Immokalee Soccer School & Academy has been empowering Immokalee's youth through our unique approach to youth through a combination of soccer, academic, and personal development programs. Director Gabriel Mejia founded ISSA out of his passion for the game of soccer and his belief that every child is capable of achieving their dreams, no matter how difficult their circumstances. Immokalee Soccer School & Academy's programs function with the aim of fostering love, discipline, respect, and a passion for learning within each child. From the soccer field to our individualized mentoring sessions, we challenge Immokalee's youth to live a life of virtue and pursue their dreams.
Immokalee Soccer School & Academy's soccer program is designed to use the sport as an entry point for character building. Crafted by professional soccer player Gabriel Mejia, each session offers Immokalee's youth a positive and constructive environment that challenges each child to give their best effort.
We believe that education is empowering. At Immokalee Soccer School & Academy, we inspire each child to reach their academic goals by fostering a love of learning outside the classroom. From storybooks and crafts for our little ones to our online computer program, ISSA's children have the opportunity to sharpen their skills and find their passion for learning.
Immokalee Soccer School & Academy is proud to offer programs that encourage the personal development of every child. We believe that with love and support, children will thrive! ISSA operates a mentoring program in partnership with Ave Maria University and hosts a variety of other activities including youth group and service projects that cultivate virtue and character in our members.
"If I could change anything, I would change the way people see this world. I want people to see the importance of life and to always give their best effort at opportunities to be successful"
"I want to be a policeman because I want people to do the right thing"
"If I could change anything in the world, I would spread positivity and start organizations for communities in need"