The mission of the ISAA is to implement proven and successful concepts in the areas of academics, athletic development, personal growth, social awareness and fitness & nutrition to comprehensively prepare today’s pre-collegiate student-athletes who desire to become a successful collegiate student-athlete and ultimately a productive member of society.
ISAA believes that:
USING SPORTS TO MAKE A DIFFERENCE IN A YOUNG PERSON’S LIFE CAN MAKE A DIFFERENCE IN THE WORLD!
What MOTIVATES us!!
Today’s youth are faced with numerous distractions and situations that cause them to lose focus on realizing their full potential. Student-athletes, especially those from at-risk backgrounds, while facing the same dilemmas, must also develop skills in their particular sport and contend with issues that other youth do not face. In order for these students to succeed, it is critical that reactive services be in place to enable them to overcome the hurdles that undermine academic achievement and economic advancement.
Through our numerous programs, activities, counseling and intervention services we prepare student-athletes to take control of their present situations and more effectively plan for their future. We believe that through our guidance, experience and leadership the ISAA will create an atmosphere where student-athletes excel in sports while realizing the value of their education and develop the discipline to mature and grow both academically and athletically.
The International Student Athlete Academy, Inc. is a Philadelphia PA non-profit 501 (c) 3 organization that was founded in 1995 with the purpose of providing “at-risk” student-athletes, grades 6th through 12th, with educational enrichment, athletic development and personal growth skills. Our primary goal is to teach these student-athletes to master proven study skill techniques to improve their overall grades in school as well as expose and encourage them to pursue higher education. ISAA encourages positive behavior, exposure to diversity and cultural exploration, growth in decision making and planning, as well as the promotion of healthy lifestyles and behaviors. ISAA will also challenge these young men and women to strive for personal excellence in the effort to increase their attitudes and expectations toward school and for the future. ISAA programs focus on the following areas:
- Academic Enrichment / Connection with School
- Personal/Athletic Development
- College & Career Exploration
- Social Awareness
Celebrating our 20th year, ISAA has extensive experience in providing responsive programs and interventions to aid in the success of the over 3,000 student-athletes who have participated in its programming. In past years, ISAA provided a comprehensive after school program funded through the City of Philadelphia, that included subject based academic enrichment, SAT Prep tutoring, athletic skill development and a college exposure camp for girls and boys ages 10-18 primarily from low income areas of the area. Today, ISAA’s programmatic model is structured around an intensive year round relationship with the students, parents, coaches and the athlete’s academic counsel at his/her school. This model provides educational support, fosters service responsibility and assists the student in developing well-balanced lifestyles. Programs include:
- AAU teams that compete in local, regional and national competitions
- Year round academic support
- Summer academic enrichment & athletic skill developmental camps
- Mentoring/Counseling/Crisis Intervention
- Fitness/Nutrition /Life Skill Sessions
- Yearly athletic events and trainings in numerous sports