In the spring of 2010 five high school students had the opportunity to visit Cambodia for two weeks. They immediately fell in love with the culture and people of this country. While in Phnom Penh, they visited a non-governmental organization called Tiny Toones whose mission is to provide a safe, positive environment for at-risk youth to channel their energy and creativity into the arts and education. Thus empowering them to build self-confidence in their daily lives, aim for better employment possibilities, and feel supported pursuing their dream.
Upon returning to the United States, the group knew that they wanted to revisit Cambodia to be a part of a mission similar to that of Tiny Toones. United by a passion to make a difference, the first Youth Ultimate Project coaches realized that ultimate was the perfect way to engage the Cambodian youth, share essential values and skills applicable to every day life, and provide a positive outlet to street activities. Since 2011 YUP has run annual Ultimate Frisbee camps and clinics. Beyond camps, YUP also provides deserving students with full-ride academic scholarships and paid meaningful work and leadership experience.