Our

Program

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.

Athletics

Program

 

Move. Play.

Bring Joy.

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Next Move Soccer Program

Fridays beginning September 10th / 6:00pm to 7:20pm

Tower Park | 4900 Hickman Road, Des Moines, IA 50310

Next Move is GYF's recreational program to introduce soccer to young boys and girls ages 4-8 and teach them a love of the game. Next Move program focuses on individual ball skills (one player, one ball), and introduces some soccer-related games. In addition to soccer skills, the Next Move soccer program nurtures good sportsmanship and leadership and serves as a great introduction to Genesis Youth Foundation culture. For non-GYF member the 8-week program is $65 and free for GYF members. Register by September 10th. 

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U12 Girls Recreational Soccer Program

Indoor - Winter 2021-22

U12 girls indoor soccer practice will be held December 6th through April 16th on Mondays from 5:30pm to 7:30pm at the GYF Center located in the Hope + Elim Building. Indoor practice helps players keep active during the winter months and prepare for spring season. All players must be in good standing with their academic grades.
 
Girls age 8-12  years old are invited to play Girls Recreational Soccer with GYF! If your child was born between 2010-2012 they will sign up for U12 girls soccer. Genesis Youth Foundation teams compete in the Iowa Soccer League and practice 2 nights a week during fall and spring seasons with tournament play throughout the year. Participation in Genesis Youth Foundation Soccer includes academic support for students as well as year-round supports for parents of players. Scholarships are available for low-income households. 

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U15 Girls Recreational Soccer Program

Indoor - Winter 2021-22

U15 girls indoor soccer practice will be held December 6th through April 16th on Tuesdays and Wednesdays from 5:30pm to 6:15pm at the GYF Center located in the Hope + Elim Building. Indoor practice helps players keep active during the winter months and prepare for spring season. All players must be in good standing with their academic grades.

Girls age 12-15 years old are invited to play Girls Recreational Soccer with GYF! If your child was born between 2007 and 2009 they will sign up for U15 Soccer. Genesis Youth Foundation teams compete in the Iowa Soccer League and practice 2 nights a week during fall and spring seasons with tournament play throughout the year. Participation in Genesis Youth Foundation Soccer includes academic support for students as well as year-round supports for parents of players. Scholarships are available for low-income households. 

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U12 Boys Recreational Soccer Program

Indoor - Winter 2021-22

U12 boys indoor soccer practice will be held December 6th through April 16th on Thursdays from 5:30pm to 7:30pm at the GYF Center located in the Hope + Elim Building. Indoor practice helps players keep active during the winter months and prepare for spring season. All players must be in good standing with their academic grades.

 

Boys age 8-12  years old are invited to play Boys Recreational Soccer with GYF! If your child was born between 2010-2012 they will sign up for U12 boys soccer. Players will compete in the Iowa Soccer League, with Genesis soccer practice 2 nights a week during fall and spring seasons with tournament play throughout the year. Participation in Genesis Youth Foundation Soccer includes academic support for students as well as year-round supports for parents of players. Scholarships are available for low-income households. 

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U14 Boys Select Soccer Program

Indoor - Winter 2021-22

U14 boys indoor soccer practice will be held December 6th through April 16th on Fridays from 5:30pm to 7:30pm at the John R. Grubbs Community YMCA, 1611 11th Street, Des Moines, IA, 50314. Indoor practice helps players keep active during the winter months and prepare for spring season. All players must be in good standing with their academic grades.

This high level soccer program for boys born between 2008 and 2010 is designed for immigrant and refugee families who are interested in sending their children to college using their soccer talents. Players will compete in the Iowa Soccer League, with Genesis soccer practice 2 nights a week during fall and spring seasons with tournament play throughout the year. Participation in Genesis Youth Foundation Soccer includes academic support for students as well as year-round supports for parents of players. Scholarships are available for low-income households. 

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U16 Boys Select Soccer Program

Indoor - Winter 2021-22

U16 boys indoor soccer practice will be held December 6th through April 16th on Fridays from 7:45pm to 9:45pm at the John R. Grubbs Community YMCA, 1611 11th Street, Des Moines, IA, 50314. Indoor practice helps players keep active during the winter months and prepare for spring season. All players must be in good standing with their academic grades.

This high level soccer program for boys born between 2005 and 2007 is designed for immigrant and refugee families who are interested in sending their children to college using their soccer talents. Players will compete in the Iowa Soccer League, with Genesis soccer practice 2 nights a week during fall and spring seasons with tournament play throughout the year. Participation in Genesis Youth Foundation Soccer includes academic support for students as well as year-round supports for parents of players. Scholarships are available for low-income households. 

Arts
Program

 

Dance. Sing.

Inspire.

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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.

Interested?

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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.

Interested?

Academic
Enrichment

 

Learn. Grow.

Change The World.

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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.

Interested?

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 tailored for each youth. Our 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. 
 

Interested in Volunteering?

 
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Ubuntu
Technology


 

Ubuntu Technology

Genesis Youth Foundation’s Ubuntu Technology program provides STEAM education through the FIRST LEGO League Challenge, FIRST LEGO League Explorer, Project Lead the Way: Medical Detectives, computer classes, photography, video editing, and more. Watch the video below for more information.

 

Interested in Volunteering?



 

 
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Ubuntu
Leadership

 

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Ubuntu College & Career Prep Series

Genesis Youth Foundation’s Ubuntu Leadership program is designed to inspire the future leaders of tomorrow. The Ubuntu College & Career Prep Series was developed to support students in middle and high school for future success. From January through June, scholars will have the opportunity to explore tools to achieve academic success through online discussions with mentors and peers. The monthly sessions will consist of career exploration, financial literacy, and social and emotional learning. Through college visits and interactive activities Genesis Youth Foundation is committed to exposing students early and often to the necessary tools to succeed academically and professionally. 

 

Interested?



 

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Ubuntu Peer Education Program 

High School and College students are invited to apply to be an Ubuntu Peer Educator with Genesis Youth Foundation. Ubuntu Peer Educators will serve as an accessible and approachable way to distribute information and increase knowledge through community based learning. They will be responsible for teaching or sharing health and safety information, values, and behavior to their peers who may share similar social backgrounds or life experiences. For more information or questions please contact us at infor@genesisyouthfoundation.org

 

Interested?



 

 
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Ubuntu Adult
Programs

Ubuntu Parents Program / Computer Classes

Join us for an 8-week program starting in October to learn about the U.S. educational and financial system, basic computer skills, and tools for English Language Learners. This opportunity is open to all adults in the community. Participants will receive a free computer at the end of the program. Offered during the week in two sessions: 11AM to 12PM or 6PM to 7PM. Register for the session that works best for you!

Interested?

Ubuntu Parents Program / ESL Classes 

Join us for an 8-week program starting October 20th & 22nd to learn basic English Language skills. This opportunity is open to all adults in the community. Register for the session that works best for you by October 19th! Please fill the online registration form to sign up for the program. The program will begin October 20th. You can choose either Session 1 on Wednesdays - 5:00PM to 6:00PM or Session 2 on Fridays- 5:00PM to 6:00PM or you can attend both sessions.

Interested?

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Community & Family
Engagement

 

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. 

Part of GYF Family Engagement is recognizing individuals' successes and celebrations, including birthdays. The Genesis Family Birthday Celebration is held quarterly on the 3rd Saturday of every third month to celebrate GYF youth and family members who have had birthdays during the previous and current months. Genesis wants to celebrate our GYF kids and parents in a meaningful way as part of the GYF family. We will sing Happy Birthday, offer remarks, and then cut and serve birthday cake. Gift bags for youth and adults who have had birthdays will be provided. Please wear your mask. Temperatures will be taken upon arrival and hand sanitizer and disposable masks will be available.





 

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