Game Connect Project

During the training sessions, YSU focuses on 13 life skills, including conflict resolution, self-confidence, respect for similarities and differences, goal-setting, and a sense of belonging, among others, which are important for the co-existence of refugees and the host community. The organization supports the groups of youth with football equipment such as bibs, cones, balls and safe spaces
for the implementation of the sport for protection activities. YSU also partners with other service providers who serve the youth’s protection needs in health, depression, extreme anxiety, and livelihoods.Through this project, YSU increases social cohesion and peaceful co-existence between refugee and host communities, encourages the inclusion of refugees in community development, and improves their psychosocial well-being through sport. The project also encourages the inclusion of girls and people with special needs both in football and in community activitie

Game Connect Project

Youth Sport Uganda (YSU), in a consortium with UNHCR, AVSI Foundation, Right To Play and Uganda Olympic Committee is
implementing the Game Connect project in Uganda with the goal of improving the mental health and psychosocial well-being of
refugee and host community youth ages 15–24 years (51% females and 49% males and 6% of youth with special needs).
Using a structured sport for protection curriculum, trained coaches, and peer leaders, YSU delivers bi-weekly football sessions to
young people, follows them up through home visits, and sensitizes parents, caregivers, and community leaders about their mental
health.