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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.


The Genesis FC soccer program provides soccer playing opportunities for immigrant and refugee youth and those from low income families. 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 our Next Move, Recreational, Select U14 and Academy U10 teams. If you are interested in volunteering or enrolling your youth please contact us at 

Next Move
All Next Move players, ages 4 - 8 years old will be practicing once a week on Tuesdays and games on Saturdays. This program introduces soccer to young boys and girls. It give players the fundamentals of individual ball (one player, one ball). It promotes physical activity, skill development social interaction and instills a lifelong passion for soccer. 

The Recreational soccer program is designed to provide a fun and inclusive environment for youth of all ages and skill levels. This program focuses on enjoyment, exercise and the social aspects of the game. Players practice on Tuesdays and play games on Saturdays. 

The Competitive athletic program is designed for immigrant and refugee kids who are interested in playing soccer at the high school and college level. These teams compete in the Iowa Soccer League. Practices are Mondays and Thursdays with weekend games. These teams play in tournaments throughout the year. 

2023 Genesis FC Fall Schedule

Next Move and Recreational Soccer Schedule


  • Tuesdays 5:30 pm to 6:30 pm at Tower Park 4900 Hickman Rd., Des Moines 50310​

    • Tuesday, September 26 

    • Tuesday, October 3

    • Tuesday, October 10

    • Tuesday, October 17 

    • Tuesday, October 24


  • In House Games 11 am to noon ​​

    • Saturday, September 23 - Field 1

    • Saturday, September 30 - Field 1

    • Saturday, October 7 - Field 1

    • Saturday, October 14 - Field 1

U14 Select Competitive Team


  • Thursday, September 21 - 5:30-7pm

  • Monday, September 25 - 5-6 pm

  • Monday, October 2 - 5-6 pm

  • Thursday October 5 - 5:30-7 pm

  • Monday, October 9 - 5-6 pm

  • Monday, October 12 - 5:30 -7 pm 

  • Monday, October 16 - 5-6 pm

  • Thursday, October 19 5:30pm - 7pm

  • Monday, October 23 - 5-6 pm

  • Thursday, October 26 - 5:30 - 7 pm


Sat Sep 9 GFC 13/14 Boys vs J-Hawk Soccer Club Iowa United FC 13/14 UB @1:00 PM

MidAmerican Energy Rec Plex Indoor Fieldhouse: 6500 Grand Avenue, West Des Moines, IA 50266

Sat Sep 23: GFC 13/14 Boys vs NPU B14A @9:00 AM North Polk High School Field-main: 13930 NE 6th Street, Alleman, IA 50007

Sat Oct 14: GFC 13/14 Boys vs DCG U14 Boy Select @1:00

Grimes Soccer Complex-DCG Field 2: 750 South James Street, Grimes, IA 50111

Sun Oct 15 GFC 13/14 Boys vs DMSC 14U Boys Red @1:00 PM

Des Moines Soccer Club - Aliber Field 1: 6226 Grand Avenue, Des Moines, IA 50312

Sat. October 21: GFC 13/14 Boys vs Spring Creek FC SCFC 2010 Boys @3:00 PM

James W.Cownie Soccer Complex Field 1: 2600 Hartford Avenue, Des Moines, IA 50320

Sat Oct 28: GFC 13/14 Boys vs AYSO United 14U Boys @1:00 PM

James W. Cownie Soccer Complex Field 5: 2600 Hartford Avenue, Des Moines, IA 50320

Sun Oct 29: GFC 13/14 Boys vs Apex Soccer Academy Apex 14/15UB @1:00 PM

Norwalk-McAninch Field 9: 200 Wright Road, Norwalk, IA 50211

U10 Academy Competitive Team


  • Thursday, September 21 - 5:30-7pm

  • Monday, September 25 - 5-6 pm

  • Monday, October 2 - 5-6 pm

  • Thursday October 5 - 5:30-7 pm

  • Monday, October 9 - 5-6 pm

  • Monday, October 12 - 5:30 -7 pm 

  • Monday, October 16 - 5-6 pm

  • Thursday, October 19 5:30pm - 7pm

  • Monday, October 23 - 5-6 pm

  • Thursday, October 26 - 5:30 - 7 pm


Sunday, September 24 at 4:45 pm Apex Soccer Academy Apex 10UB Santos verse Genesis FC -Norwalk-McAninch Field 11

Sunday, October 8 at 1:00 pm DCG Academy B10A verse Genesis FC - Grimes Soccer Complex - DCG Field 5

Sunday, October 15 at 3:30 pm Genesis FC verse J-Hawk Soccer Club Academy - Cownie Soccer Complex Field 1A

Sunday, October 21 at10:15 am 515 U10 Coed verse Genesis FC - Cownie Soccer Complex Field 1A

Sunday, October 22 at 2:15 pm DMSC 10U Boys Red verse Genesis FC - Des Moines Soccer Club - Abler Field 22

Saturday, October 28 at 10:15 pm PHSC BU 10 Academy verse Genesis FC - Pheasant Hill Hickory Glenn Field #3


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. 

 Achievers Program





Honors Program


Work-Based Learning Program

Ubuntu Technology
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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. 


Interested in Volunteering?


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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 

Ubuntu Adult


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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