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Our Culture

We promote a healthy lifestyle and positive decision-making through education, physical and mental health. We provide youth participants with one-on-one and small group mentoring with caring, safe, and positive adult mentors. We engage youth in programming that fosters growth in leadership and relationship-building skills. We encourage and support academic success through tutoring, self-discovery, goal setting and college/career exploration while ensuring all participants and families find a home within our organization.

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Athletics Program

We use sports and athletics as a tool to reach kids and give them the foundation they need for success.

Academic Enrichment

Our organization focuses on educational development and tutoring for reading, writing, math, science, language and the arts.

Arts Program

We embrace our cultural heritage through singing, dancing, storytelling, fashion, personal experiences and the culinary arts.

Ubuntu Leadership

Designed to inspire leaders of tomorrow through college and career preparation, financial literacy training, and social and emotional learning.

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Athletics Programming

Move. Play.

Bring Joy.


At Genesis FC, inclusivity is at the heart of everything we do. We're committed to leveling the playing field for immigrant and refugee youth, as well as those from low-income backgrounds. Everyone deserves the chance to play, learn, grow, and succeed on the field, regardless of their background. Join us in creating a vibrant, diverse community on and off the field! 


As a member of the Iowa Soccer Association we offer structured training, coaching and competitive playing opportunities for youth players of various ages and skill levels. We play a crucial role in nurturing young players and fostering a passion for the game. We offer pathways for players to potentially advance to a higher level of soccer in the future. Our soccer program includes teams of 5-year-olds through high school and college. 

Genesis FC tryouts are filling up fast, and we don't want anyone to miss out on this incredible opportunity. Register now online or by calling our office to register: 515-343-0149. We can help you through the process.

Genesis FC Soccer Tryouts

Don't miss your chance to join our competitive soccer program at Genesis FC! Our tryouts are set for June at the Mid-American Rec Plex in West Des Moines and we want YOU to be part of our diverse soccer team. Secure your spot today by registering or call the office at 515-343-0149. We can help you through the process.


Summer Camp 
9 to 15 years old

Genesis FC's three-month soccer camp is tailored specifically for players 9 to 15 years old (U9 -U15). Our program focuses on elevating player's skills, enhancing their tactical understanding, and fostering a passion for the game! The camp will have a minimum of three sessions per week. (Mondays, Tuesdays, Thursdays & Fridays from 7 pm to 8:30 pm in June and Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Fridays July through August from 7:00 to 8:30 pm. 

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Summer Camp 

Genesis FC's three-month soccer camp is tailored specifically for players 5 to 9 years old (U5 -U9). Our dynamic program is crafted to introduce players to the fundamentals of soccer within a nurturing and enjoyable setting. With three engaging session per week, every Monday, Tuesday, and Wednesday from noon to 1:30 pm, out camp promises non-stop action and skill-building opportunities. Held at the Garton Elementary School, located at 2820 E. 24th Street, Des Moines, IA 50317 player will learn life shills and character development through soccer. 

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Performing Arts

Dance. Sing.


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Youth All Ages / Arts Programming

The Genesis Foundation helps youth and their families embrace their cultural heritage through singing, dancing, storytelling, fashion, personal experiences and the culinary arts. We focus on the development of life skills, the importance of self expression and the value of community. We embrace the heritage of our youth and promote diversity in everyone of our participants.


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Sewing Seeds for the Future

Sewing Seeds for the Future is for youth and adults wanting to learn basic sewing skills and embrace the African culture through fabrics. Open to beginners new to sewing and to experienced sewers looking to enhance their skills.




Learn. Grow.

Change The World.

Learn At Home

Social Distancing? Join Us Online!

During this time of social distancing due to COVID-19 health precautions, we would like to extend our online at-home tutoring program to assist under-served refugee and immigrant youth. We are interested in partnering with community and faith-based leaders to offer our Academic Enrichment program for the rest of the 2020 school year. Parents are encouraged to get in touch with us about this program.


Learn. Grow.

Change The World.

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Academic Enrichment

GYF provides academic support to level the educational playing field, including support for English Language Learners. Genesis tracks grades, sets progress goals, and offers tutoring and homework help tailored for each youth. 

Our Ubuntu Leadership Academy after-school program offers a comprehensive focus on educational development for reading, writing, math, science, language, and the arts. It is paramount that the youth we serve understand and excel at grade-level material for their age. If we feel some of our kids need more guidance, we find tutors for them to assist in their success. 

We have four Ubuntu Leadership Academy Programs: The Achievers for Elementary kindergarten through fifth grade, the Honors for Middle School sixth through eighth grade, and the Work Based Learning and the Ubuntu Leadership Programs for High School and College students. 

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Honors Program


Work-Based Learning Program

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Ubuntu Technology

Genesis Youth Foundation’s Ubuntu Technology program provides STEAM education computer classes, graphic design, interviewing, photography, video editing, and more. 


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Ubuntu Leadership Program

The Ubuntu Leadership Academy is a comprehensive program designed to empower the African immigrant and refugee population in central Iowa through academic enrichment, leadership development, workforce preparation, and holistic financial and technological education. The program is rooted in the spirit of Ubuntu, emphasizing the interconnectedness and shared responsibilities within the community. Its core objectives, goals, and activities are as follows:

Core Objectives:
Academic Excellence—To enhance educational attainment and provide academic
support to African immigrant and refugee youth and adults, promoting lifelong learning and skill acquisition.

Leadership Development—To cultivate strong leadership skills, self-confidence, and community engagement among participants, fostering a sense of agency and active participation.
Workforce Readiness: To equip participants with essential workplace skills, career
exploration opportunities, and vocational training, ensuring their successful integration into the local job market.

Financial Literacy: To promote financial well-being by offering education on
budgeting, savings, credit management, and investment strategies, enabling participants to make informed financial decisions.

Technology Proficiency: To bridge the digital divide by providing technological training and resources, empowering participants to leverage technology for personal, educational, and professional growth.

We are accepting applicates for the 2023/2024 Ubuntu Leadership Class. Contact us to receive an application. 

Work-Based Learning

Genesis Youth Foundation’s Work-Based Learning program's primary goals are to foster employability skills, promoting entrepreneurship, and offering practical work experience. We partner with businesses and employers, nonprofit organizations, community centers, and schools and colleges. We provide workshops and training sessions on communications, teamwork, problem-solving, time management, professionalism, resume writing, interview skills, and job search strategies.

Ubuntu Adult Programs
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Ubuntu Adult Program / Computer Classes

Genesis Youth Foundation’s Ubuntu Adult Computer Program is focused on teaching computer basics to parents and those in the community. Classes are held on Wednesdays from 10 to 1, Fridays from 10 to 1 and 5 to 8 pm and Saturdays from 10 to 1 pm. If you attend up to eight classes you are eligible to received a free computer, bag, and school supplies.  

Google Certification Program / Career Pathways 

The Ubuntu Technology Google Career Certification Program is a free 6-month scholarship provided by Genesis Youth Foundation in cooperation with Google. This opportunity is open to all adults in the community. Choose from the following programs: Information Technology System Support, Project Management, Data Analytics, or UX Design. The next enrollment period will being the second week of August, 2022. Watch the website for more details about enrolling online. 


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Financial Health / Career Pathways 

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GYF’s  financial health coaching aims to help new Americans understand the U.S. economic system and improve resilience so individuals are better able to make sound financial decisions to achieve their goals.

English Learning / Career Pathways 

GYF English Language Learning classes have everyday functional English in mind and are designed to accommodate working parents’ schedules and needs.

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GYF Parents & Kids / Family Engagement

A large body of research has demonstrated that parental involvement in their child's education and after-school activities are instrumental to the student's success. Genesis Youth Foundation is committed to pushing the spirit of Ujima, meaning “a collective effort” and Ubuntu, meaning "I am because we are" to creating a community where immigrant and refugee youth can be successful in the classroom by reducing drop-out rates, increasing student achievement and  students’ positive attitudes towards learning. 

Interested in learning how GYF is involved in the community? Check out the video below!


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